Broncos tap Swinton to replace Burns

Following the departure of longtime player and special teams assistant Keith Burns to Washington, where he'll coordinate special teams under Mike Shanahan, the Broncos have acted quickly to replace him.

Denver today announced the hiring of Derius Swinton as their new ST assistant under coordinator Jeff Rodgers.

Swinton is entering his seventh season as a coach, and fifth at the NFL level.

Following a four-year career as a free safety for the Hampton University Pirates, Swinton worked as a graduate assistant at Tennessee under Phillip Fulmer in 2007 and 2008.

From 2009 through 2011, the Virginia native worked as a special teams quality control coach for the St. Louis Rams under Steve Spagnuolo.

Swinton, who will turn 28 in April, reprised that same role in Kansas City last year, and he'll bring pre-existing knowledge of the AFCW with him to Denver in 2013. Says Rodgers,

Most of all, he's a bright, young guy and he has a lot of good ideas. I think he'll be a great fit for what we're doing not only in the kicking game but as a total staff.

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