Denver decided to hire Bob Wylie, formerly with the CFL, to coach the offensive line. The Broncos then soon made current assistant Clancy Barone the co-coach of that unit. Denver will place both coaches with separate offensive line duties while working together. Last season, Barone coached the tight ends for Denver.
Wylie, who also worked as an NFL assistant for many seasons, has spent the past three years in the CFL. Wylie resigned from his position with the Saskatchewan Roughriders to sign with the Broncos. Wylie has held previous offensive line coaching stints with the Buccaneers, Bears, and Cardinals. Wylie replaces Rick Dennison, a long time assistant with the Broncos, who joined the Texans as their offensive coordinator.
The Broncos have also decided on Buffalo Bills running backs coach Eric Studesville to fill the position left open by Bobby Turner. Studesville was formally offered the position this week by Denver. Turner had previously held the position for 15 seasons before his departure to Washington.
Josh McDaniels has been extremely busy building this new staff, also interviewing both former Patriots assistant Dean Pees and Broncos linebackers coach Don Martindale for the open defensive coordinator position. The Broncos parted ways with Mike Nolan, despite Nolan’s immediate and drastic improvement in the defense this season. Nolan was immediately signed by the Miami Dolphins. McDaniels is also considering giving his younger brother Ben, currently an offensive assistant, a larger role with the team, possibly as the tight ends coach.
Ty Law, whose current contract expires at the end of February, is preparing to return to the Broncos. According to Law, the Broncos stated that he is welcome to come back. Law had an interception in the last game of the season against Kansas City.
The Broncos continued to add to their “futures” player scheme, signing LB/DE Baraka Atkins to the roster. Atkins, a former fourth round pick by Seattle in the 2007 draft, is listed at 6-4, 268 lbs. Atkins had played little for Seattle and San Francisco, but he was a four year starter at Miami during his collegiate career.
The Broncos will be playing a game in London next season. The NFL announced that the Broncos will square off against the San Francisco 49ers at London’s Wembley Stadium on October 31st. The 49ers will play as the home team, taking into consideration that the game would have been played in San Francisco. The Broncos have not played a game outside of this country for more than 50 years.
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Written by Josh Souder