Don Martindale Hired As Broncos Defensive Coordinator

Jack MCorrespondent IJanuary 28, 2010

Josh McDaniels has officially named Don "Wink" Martindale the Denver Broncos new defensive coordinator. After 4 seasons with the Raiders, Martindale spent last year as the Broncos linebackers coach.

“We are excited to name Wink Martindale our defensive coordinator. Wink is the perfect fit to lead our defense," commented Josh McDaniels following the hiring.

He then continued, “Defensively, we will keep our system consistent in terms of the scheme and will play an aggressive, physical brand of football."

Denver is certainly hoping to improve upon last season. From 2008 to 2009, they allowed seven points less per game. This was a great improvement, but because of a disagreement between former defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, his departure in Denver came quicker then expected.

Martindale's linebacking corps was one of the best in recent Broncos history. He helped Elvis Dumervil transition from a defensive end with five sacks in 2008 to the league sack leader, with 17 in his first year playing linebacker. He also helped the Broncos defense to the 7th ranked defense in yards per game.

Upon the hiring, some Broncos players shed some light on the hiring. "You can't measure how much you miss somebody until the season starts and see how much you improve from what you were," said Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey.

Now will the defense be able to improve without Mike Nolan? I think so. Last year, the defense played well, but now with a little more cooperation from the coaching staff, it could complement the offense much better.

Wink's first big step will be upgrading the defensive line and inside linebackers. If Denver makes some improvement in their roster through the draft and through free agency, they should be able to improve upon last year's 8-8 record.

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