Broncos Need New O-Line Coach After Newly Hired John Benton Bails for the 49ers

John Benton, hired in January as the Broncos’ assistant offensive line coach, was recently granted permission by the team to interview for the 49ers’ top offensive line coaching position. According to the Sporting News on Monday, the sides were finalizing a deal, Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post reports.

The move was expected when the Broncos allowed him to interview and, according to an NFL source, Benton has already cleared out his belongings from the team’s facility.

The Broncos will search for a new assistant to work under offensive line coach Jeff Davidson and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, but they don’t have a set timetable or targeted replacement yet.

Northern Colorado announced Monday that its defensive backs coach, Charles Gordon, has joined the Broncos as a defensive quality control assistant.

Gordon, a former NFL defensive back, signed with the Vikings after going undrafted out of Kansas in 2006. He played three seasons under the tutelage of Joe Woods, then the VIkings’ defensive backs coach and now the Broncos’ defensive coordinator.

Gordon joined UNC’s staff in 2013.

Elway Says Broncos Defense for Super Bowl Run Was Modeled After Seahawks

Broncos general manager John Elway modeled the Broncos defense after the Seahawks, Andie Hagemann of NFL.com reports.

On Friday in an interview with ESPN Seattle’s “Danny, Dave and Moore,” Broncos general manager John Elway shared the inspiration behind his team’s dominant defense.

“It was at that point in time I think that we watched the model that the Seahawks and John (Schneider) and coach (Pete) Carroll had put together of being great on defense,” Elway said. “I think what we were able to do is we added some key components that offseason via free agency and plus my first five years that I was here we worked on the defense.

“It all came together at the right time. Having seen the focus that on the defensive side, no matter what, if you had a great defense you’re going to be able to stay in football games.”

It’s important to note it wasn’t solely the loss that brought upon change. Elway mentioned the Broncos had been fixed on acquiring key defensive pieces through free agency and the draft since his arrival. After he was selected second overall in the 2011 draft, Von Miller’s presence has paid dividends. In six seasons, he’s accumulated 73.5 sacks and was influential in the team’s Super Bowl win.

“My first five years that I was here we worked on the defense, and so our first five picks were defensive guys,” he said. “Those five guys really matured, came along, played great defense, and we were able to add Aqib Talib, DeMarcus Ware and T.J. Ward, some key pieces there. And then Wade Phillips came in with (then-head coach) Gary Kubiak as defensive coordinator, so really kinda everything aligned. I think the key thing is the young guys matured and really played well so that’s really what happened, and you’re right, we rode their backs last year to Super Bowl 50.”

Broncos Not Interested in Former Giants Wide Out Victor Cruz

The Broncos could use a veteran wide out, but it sounds like all the chatter about the team taking a long look at former Giants WR Victor Cruz, who was released Monday, is just that – chatter.

Mike Klis of 9 News in Denver says that the Broncos are not looking at Cruz as a possible option – but who knows down the road if that might change?

Cruz along with running back Rashard Jennings were both released by the Giants on Monday.

What the Broncos have done since the end of the season.

As you know, Gary Kubiack resigned to look after his health concerns. This opened the door for Vance Joseph to be hired as Head Coach. He is a players coach who is a great choice for Coach. And he has built a great coaching team. He retained Eric Studsville as Running Back Coach and has also been promoted to Assistance Head Coach, while still retaining his duties as Running Back Coach. And Mike McCoy has returned as Offensive Coach. And they promoted a Defensive Back Coach to Defensive Coach, replacing a legend, Wade Phillips. The only other Coaches they retained were the Offensive Line and Defensive Line Coaches. They also retained the Head Strength Manager. So the Coaching Staff is complete now.

Now, we wait for Free Agency in early March and the NFL Draft in late April, which is also usually the rough time for the schedule to come out. The biggest needs are OL and DL. I think Free Agency will be Elways choice. He can get some good veteran Lineman, which linemen in the draft could provide depth for the first year or two like Matt Paradis and Max Garcia did, Paradis is a definite starter at Center and Garcia, who went through some growing pains last season, could compete as a Guard, who can play both Guard positions. Other then that,Left Tackle may be open unless he and Elway can get a deal at a lower salary. So both Tackles and a Guard may be wide open. So expect Elway to use free agency to fill at least two of those positions. And on DL they have one player who could step up in Adam Gotsis.And he has been told he needs to work hard at getting stronger. And if he does he could anchor the DL along with Derek Wolfe. But expect Elway to get a NT player in the draft. As for the First Round pick, I hope they can draft Christian McCafery, who would add a trenendous weapon to the Offensive Arsenal. And we have three 3rd round picks that Elway could use to get as playing cards to move up or down to get a player they want. So it won’t be long before we know who they sign as Free Agents and who they draft. So I think this Bronco Team should probably shape up to be a better overall team than last years, when we missed the playoffs by just one game. So tighten your belts for another great Spring building of our Beloved Broncos. United in Orange we are Eternally! And have a wise Free Agency, and NFL Draft, Elway and Broncos Brain Trust!!!

Broncos Promote RB Coach Eric Studesville to Assistant Head Coach

Broncos running backs coach Eric Studesville received a promotion and an new title Monday. Studesville, a 21-year coaching veteran, will also serve as assistant head coach under head coach Vance Joseph, an NFL source confirmed to Micki Jhabvala of the Denver Post.

Studesville joined the Broncos in 2010 after stints with the Chicago Bears (1997-2000), New York Giants (2001-03) and Buffalo Bills (2004-09) and was elevated to interim head coach when Josh McDaniels was fired later that season.

Since 2010, the Broncos rank 13th in the league with 114.9 rushing yards per game and 21st with 4.09 average yards per carry, while Studesville has worked under four head coaches, including the most recent hire, Joseph.

Broncos Hire the Coach of the Furture

Vance Joseph has been hired as the Head Coach,filling the vacancy with Gary Kubiaks retiry to tend to his medical needs. He is a very established Coach and he is a Coach who is a Players Coach. He demands your best abilities. And he is very enthusiastic about the opportunity. And I hope Wade Phillips is brought back as DC. And the assistance Coach he wants to fill that spot coold serve as an assistant DC under Phillips. He would get really good traning working with Phillips and Wade would get some of the load off.

And Elway is considering hiring either Mike McCoy who left as OC to take a opportunity as Head Coach for the Chargers. The other one is Bill Musgrave who was ths OC for the Raiders. He developed David Carr into a very good QB,and if Carr hadn’t suffered a broken leg,the Raiders could have made a big factor in the AFC Playoffs. Either Coach woukd be a great OC. And Mike Shannon would have made a great HC too, so I hope he has gets a HC opportunity in the NFL
So now we wait to see to see who Joseph assembled as the Assistants Coaches. Hopefully he retains several AC currently on staff as they are great Coaches.

Now we wait to see who Free Agents they bring onto the team. And the Big Board for the NFL Drafting. The big needs are on the OL and DL.They have three choices in the 3rd Round to sweeten up any deals in the Draft. So the first Big Hurdle has been cleared, so GO , Go Broncos and put together a Team that will be a great factor in the AFC and NFL in 2017. We are United in Orange and Broncos Country loves and Salutes you Broncos!!!

Broncos Name Vance Joseph As New Head Coach

Vance Joseph

The Broncos moved quickly to name a new head coach after the somewhat sudden retirement of Gary Kubiak, bringing in Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, inking him to a four-year deal today.

“Becoming head coach of the Denver Broncos is a dream job for many reasons,” Joseph said in a statement. “The Broncos have an unbelievable winning tradition and great fan support. But what makes this even more special is it’s a place that’s ready to win.”

The 44-year-old 44, was the last of three candidates to interview. Chiefs special-teams coordinator Dave Toub spent four hours interviewing with the team last Friday in Kansas City, and Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was grilled at length in Atlanta on Saturday.

“He brings a leadership quality that you really love about him,” said Miami head coach Adam Gase. “He has such a great personality and such a strong personality — that alpha-type personality where he demands a lot from players and they give him everything he has.”

Joseph’s resume includes six seasons on the 49ers’ staff working with the team’s secondary, followed by three seasons in Houston as defensive backs coach under Kubiak before a two-season stint with the Bengals from 2014-15.

First week of Broncos off-season!

I have been so sick this fall, but am finlly feeling a little on the mend. I was fortunate to see all the games except the last one, their huge building block of a victory, as it stopped the bleeding of so many losses in the second half of the season,it was a division game in a brutal division season, and it will put a good taste in their mouth and a lilt in their step coming back this summer. They still are not that far off of competing for a playoff and Super Bowl win. And they will rebuild tbeir OLine tbrough Free Agency and the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft. Okung needs someone to push him real hard for that Critical LT and work really hard on his footwork. Max Garcia and Matt Paradis have a lot of upside yet and with good competition could make them really solid. The right side is entirely open to be filled, hopefully by free agents/ draftees. So that weakness this season could become a strength under Elways great football acumen. And CJ will be back next season and will be very hungry to play and excell. Now can you imagine CJ, Forsett and Booker running behind a good OLine?. It was great to see Booker scoring two great TDs last weekend.And even though Elway likes the upsides of Sieman and Lynch, I think they are 2-3 years away from being a consisetling NFL QB. So he may draft one or bring in a FA to put some veteran prescence in the QB room and practice fields and sideline. But if he thinks big about another SB win in the next 1-3 years, he may go after more of a topline FA QB, such as Tony Romo.
But the first thing on his ajenda is replacing Gary Kubiack as Head Coach. So far, Kyle Shanahan, the OC of Atlanta and the son of Mike, who led Denver to their first two Super Bowl wins, and Vance Josephson, the DC of Miami, who was a teammate of Matt Russel when they were teammates at U of Colorado, are coming in for interviews. But they will have to wait until after Miami and Atlanta reapectivlly are eliminated in the NFC and AFC playoffs. There will probably be more candidates in the next few days. I just hope Phillips returns as DC, whoever the head coach turns out to be. But I would think Elway wants to get this done within the next 2-4 weeks to get the coach settled in with a great staff, hopefully keeping most if not all of the assistant Coaches already on staff, and ready to participate in the 2017 Draft. Never too early to get your draft boards assembled and the assistants and scouts out contacting most of the ones Denver is interested in. This may change as time passes as some are drafted that never knew Denver was interested in them and some players who thought Denver was interested don’t get drafted by them. Draft Boards are a lot like Chess games and can change teams strageties as the draft proceeds. So once a new HC is hired, the draft is the next big event, then rookie camp and the the procession of activities and practices leading up to Official Camp in Early July, then the expo games, and then the 2017 season kicks off in early September. I guarantee it will be here before we know. So enjoy your kids and grandkids, families and friends to the max and Go Go Broncos and provide us with a much more winning and enjoyable Broncos Team in 2017. In Elway We Trust and may he Trust in Allmighty God to guide his decisions as we all must!!!

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