Just two weeks ago, Panthers running backs coach Jim Skipper had been rumored to be joining the Broncos' staff under new head coach John Fox. On Thursday, the Broncos announced they had completed their coaching staff, and the man who had spent nine years working under Fox (including the last five as his assistant head coach) was nowhere to be found among the Broncos' employment rolls. Today, Skipper is without a job.
The Broncos have announced that cornerback Champ Bailey will be replacing Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. This will be the 10th Pro Bowl appearance for Bailey, who just completed his 12th NFL season. The 32-year-old Bailey, who is a free agent after having spent seven seasons with the Broncos, has now surpassed Mike Haynes for the most Pro Bowl selections in history by a cornerback.
The Broncos have announced via Twitter that John Fox has completed his coaching staff today, contrary to countless earlier claims around the interweb (and on the DP) that Dennis Allen had been the final addition to Fox's crew. Two-time SB winner Keith Burns has been retained as a special teams assistant, while Sam Garnes will be the assistant defensive backs coach. Garnes, who played for the Giants and Jets in a seven-year pro career, had been a special teams assistant with Carolina in 2010. Burns has been coaching the Broncos' special teams since 2007 following a 13-year NFL career which included two stints in Denver; he was originally drafted by Denver in the 7th round of the 1994 Draft (210th overall).
Official team press release
The Broncos announced today the hiring of Ron
Miley Cyrus Milus and Richard Smith as defensive coaches. Milus will coach the team's secondary, while Smith will coach the linebackers. Both had been on head coach John Fox's staff in Carolina and were Denver assistants earlier in their careers.
As reported by the Denver Post last hour, the Broncos have hired Dennis Allen, secondary coach for the New Orleans Saints as their new defensive coordinator.
Doug Lee will have more on this story in the morning, but I'm comfortable with this move. Perhaps Allen has learned a few tricks from Greg Williams, current defensive coordinator for the Saints. Williams is known for his ultra-aggressive blitzes. One has to believe Allen has been playing close attention.
The Associated Press announced its 2010 All-Pro Team. Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd is a second teamer and the Broncos' only representative. The 29-year old Lloyd led the NFL with 1,448 receiving yards along with his 77 receptions and 11 touchdowns. All were career highs for the eighth-year player, who also tied for second in the league in receiving first downs with 72 - one behind league leader and first-team All-Pro Roddy White. Lloyd's 93.5% first-down rate was tops in the league for all receivers with more than three receptions. Lloyd was also selected to the Pro Bowl and is under contract with Denver through the 2011 season.
Update 7:13PM ET - Adam Gase has decided to remain with the Broncos, but as previously speculated upon, he will switch from coaching the team's wide receivers to tutoring its quarterbacks. As expected, the team also hired Jeff Rodgers to coach their special teams; Rodgers had filled the same role in Carolina under head coach John Fox.
Gase has worked as a QB coach before, for the Lions in 2007 when Mike Martz was running Detroit's offense. 2011 will mark Gase's seventh season as an NFL coach, following three years in Detroit, one in San Francisco and the past two years in Denver as the Broncos' WR coach.
Rodgers is the younger brother of new Broncos defensive quality control coach Jay Rodgers and has coached in the NFL for seven seasons, including five seasons in San Francisco.
UPDATE 5:57PM ET - According to Jay Glazer via Twitter, Jim Mora has decided not to take the DC position in either Denver or Philadelphia. And in case you didn't know, Jay Glazer is a very important person - how's that for a multi-functional tweet - reporting news and name dropping within the confines of a 140-character message! (Thanks, Gristle)
Broncos RB Laurence Maroney was arrested Monday night in St. Louis on weapons charges. According to Maroney's spokesperson (Did you know third-string running backs had spokespeople? I didn't), Maroney has a conceal and carry permit, but apparently thinks it's okay to walk around toting a gun without a wallet. Maroney grew up in the St. Louis area and was either going to a concert or leaving one, according to reports.
Sean McDermott has reportedly agreed to become Carolina's next defensive coordinator. That leaves former Falcons and Seahawks head coach Jim Mora and Packers DL coach Mike Trgovac as frontrunners to coordinate Denver's defense. Trgovac directed the Panthers' defense for John Fox from 2003 to 2008 before heading to Green Bay. Trgovac will be able to speak with other teams about employment for the 2011 season no matter the outcome of the NFC Championship game, as the extra week before the Super Bowl would provide a negotiating window even if the Packers were to advance.
Jay Glazer is reporting that Mora is headed to Denver tonight for an interview with Fox. Meanwhile, according to ESPN Adam Gase is interviewing for the Cowboys' vacant WR coaching position. Gase has been rumored to be taking over the Broncos' QB coaching position after Denver hired former Carolina assistant Tyke Tolbert to coach the wide receivers.