For years John Elway was the face of the Denver Broncos. Anytime the team came up the discussions would invariably gravitate to his name and the Bronco's chances that season. But the next name on the table was Mike Shanahan, who lead the franchise to back to back Super Bowls and an era of prosperity the team had not seen for years.
But this season will be the first since 1995 without Shanahan at the helm. The team has a new play caller in the form of Josh McDaniels, who is young and apparently more than willing to shake things up on his new team.
But McDaniels is not the only new coach in the mile high city. In fact both coordinator positions are new this year, with Mike Nolan returning to Denver as the defensive coordinator and Mike McCoy arriving in town as the offensive coordinator.
Both coaches have a strong background in the NFL. Mike Nolan is no stranger to the sport, having been a defensive coordinator for 11 years and four different teams. During that time span his players have earned a combined 21 Pro Bowl selections.
Recently Nolan filled the head coaching position in San Francisco. While there the Niners defense ranked fifth in the NFL in yards per carry (3.8) and sixth in red zone touchdown percentage (47.2). Now he is coming back to Denver where he was the special teams coach helping the broncos win the AFC west three times and go to the '87 and '89 super bowls. There is little doubt that Nolan will do everything he can to make sure Broncos return to their "orange crush" days.
On the other side of the ball is Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy. Coming up the coaching ranks with the Carolina Panthers McCoy has filled many rolls on that team. His primary focus was on the quarterback, and in his tenure QB Jake Delhomme had four 3,000 yard passing seasons and made his first Pro Bowl appearance.
McCoy should be a welcome addition to the Broncos as receivers like Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal continues to grow and new quarterback Kyle Orton tries to get a hold of the system.