John Fox, hired as the Denver Broncos 14th head coach last Thursday, hasn't wasted time in rolling up his sleeves and beginning the arduous rebuilding process.
Fox has already made decisions on eight assistant coaching positions, six of which are somewhat surprisingly holdovers from the failed Josh McDaniels regime.
Mike McCoy will remain the offensive coordinator, seemingly a simple choice for Fox since the two worked together in Carolina from 2000-08 and enjoyed success.
Eric Studesville, the once interim head coach for Denver, will be retained as the Broncos running backs coach, the same position he's held in the NFL for over a decade.
Other Denver holdovers include Clancy Barone (who moves from offensive line coach to tight ends coach), Wayne Nunnely (DL), Brian Callahan (Offensive Quality Control) and Jay Rodgers (Defensive Quality Control).
The two new coaches in the Mile High City have experience working with Fox as well, as Tyke Tolbert (WR) and Dave Magazu (OL) jumped from the sinking Panthers ship and over to a Broncos boat that looks to be rebuilt quickly with new captain John Elway and co-captain John Fox aboard.
What these coaches mean for the Broncos
Firstly, the large number of holdovers will create an immediate continuity for those players that remain with Denver.
Many players already have a report with their coach and they will know what to expect this year even though the head coach will be Fox.
Next, some have speculated that keeping McCoy will be a positive for the developing Denver QB Tim Tebow.
The Broncos struggled on offense for much of the season, but after McDaniels was fired and McCoy took over play-calling responsibilities, he seemed to tailor the offense to Tebow's strengths.
Tebow's amazing athleticism was utilized with QB roll-outs, QB keeps and even a triple-option play that resulted in a pin-point precise touchdown throw by Tim terrific. The McCoy/McD marriage didn't seem to work out, but when McCoy took the reins Tim excelled—maybe it was a hint at what's to come.
Also, Magazu's arrival means that the Broncos will go back to the glory days of the zone blocking scheme and Denver should once again be one of the most feared running attacks in the NFL.
Magazu's Panthers averaged 4.0 yards per carry in 2007, 4.84 in 2008 with 30 TDs, and in 2009 his offensive line was a big reason why the team was the first to have two 1,100 yard rushers on the same team.
Lastly, there are still many positions to be filled in Denver, including most notably defensive coordinator, but Denver Post Broncos beat writer Lindsay Jones says, “The rest of the staff should be completed within the next day.”
The current defensive coordinator candidates are ex-Eagles DC Sean McDermott and ex-Seahawks and Falcons head coach Jim Mora Jr.
I'll have your updates Broncos fans, both on Twitter and Facebook, and if they do happen today, will update this piece at that time.
Rich Kurtzman is a freelance journalist actively seeking a career in journalism. Along with being the CSU Rams Examiner, Kurtzman is a Denver Nuggets, Denver Broncos and NBA Featured Columnist for bleacherreport.com, the Colorado/Utah Regional Correspondent for stadiumjourney.com and a weekly contributor to milehighhoops.com.
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