Martindale coached Denver's linebackers this season, but will now have control of the entire defense come 2010.
The Denver Broncos decided to hire in house, promoting Don “Wink” Martindale to the defensive coordinator position. Martindale was the linebackers coach this season for the Broncos. Denver thought he was the perfect fit to run the defense for next season. After Mike Nolan's departure, Denver made the smart move to hire a coach that knew the players and was familiar with the defensive scheme.
Denver's defense played very well at times during this season, and especially well during their 6-0 start. Overall, Denver finished with a 7th overall ranking in total yards per game. Martindale also helped linebacker Elvis Dumervil become the only league sack champion in the history of the Broncos franchise. Dumervil finished the season with 17 sacks, the most ever by a Broncos player.
Martindale was a coach with the Raiders in 2004 before joining the Broncos last season. Martindale worked as a defensive coordinator for Western Kentucky University in 2003 and Western Illinois University in 1999. Martindale also coached on the defenses for the University of Cincinnati and Notre Dame.
The Broncos have now hired Bob Ligashesky as the tight ends coach, Eric Studesville as the running backs coach, moved Clancey Barone to offensive line coach, and named Bob Wylie the assistant offensive line coach. Ben McDaniels was promoted to the quarterbacks coaching position, replacing Mike McCoy, who will continue his duties as offensive coordinator.
Brandon Marshall and Brian Dawkins stood out in the Pro Bowl, both helping the AFC beat the NFC, 41-34. Marshall only caught one ball in the game, but it was good for a touchdown. Dawkins had an interception and also made three tackles. Ryan Clady, Elvis Dumervil, and Champ Bailey also represented the Broncos in the high scoring matchup.
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Written by Josh Souder