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Del Rio to take over as Broncos DC

Posted on: January 27, 2012 9:17 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2012 10:10 pm
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Del Rio

By Josh Katzowitz

After losing Dennis Allen to the Raiders head coaching job, Broncos coach John Fox is bringing in Jack Del Rio to be the new Denver defensive coordinator, the team announced Friday night.

"We are thrilled to be able to add such a well-respected defensive coach to our staff," Fox said in a statement. "He was an integral part of our turnaround on defense during my first year with the Panthers in 2002. His defenses with the Jaguars have ranked among the NFL's best, and we are excited he's a Bronco."

The move is most certainly not a surprise, as a report emerged on Wednesday that the Broncos seriously were considering Del Rio.

Plus, Del Rio was Fox’s defensive coordinator in Carolina in 2002 when the team finished second in the league in yards allowed and fifth in points (despite a 7-9 finish) that directly led Del Rio to snatching the Jaguars job.

So, from pretty much all angles, the move makes sense for Fox, and assuming Del Rio -- fired before the end of the 2011 season -- wants to find work again, the move makes sense for him as well. Especially since he’ll take over a defense that improved greatly in the second half of last season.

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Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 10:46 am
 

Del Rio to take over as Broncos DC

I'm a Solid Broncos Fan.  Tebow needs a lot of work with good coaches.  With the cap space being opened up this year make an offer to Manning and let Tebow work it out for a couple more years behind Manning.  This would be a quick fix for the team.  Other option is to let Tebow practice this year and see how well he does.  If he doesn't improve than it would be time to move on from Tebow.  But right now Tebow is not the answer. 



Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:00 pm
 

Del Rio to take over as Broncos DC

Obviously flaSUCKSgoIOWA does not know much about the Denver Broncos...Josh McDumbazz ruined the Broncos, Fox has brought them back to being respectable and will take them further with the hire of Del Rio.  No Bronco fan should be at all surprised if Elway makes a run at Peyton Manning…They have plenty of cap space and could structure a contract with incentives which I believe Manning would be willing to do.  He is going to be released by the Colts, the writing is on the wall.




Since: Oct 31, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 2:25 pm
 

Del Rio to take over as Broncos DC

I am a Bears fan that moved to the Denver area in 2011. I think the Broncos defense is going in a nice direction. The coaches are now in place to build the defense to new highs and they have a few nice player to work with.  The offense on the other hand will be taking a major step back in 2012.

Tebow has worse footwork than a high school quarterback and has too far to go to make it in the NFL at QB. I do think that he could play a Bo Jackson style FB with additional FB-Option-Pass and have a great career.  But, except for the Steelers game, he was completely shut down 4 out of his last 5 games. In the Steelers game over 200 of his 316 yards happened on 4 bombs to Thomas. That doesn't happen often in this league. After other teams got a good 6 games of footage in the new Tebow offense they shut him down last 4 out of 5.

Now add in the fact that the entire AFC West will improve by getting players healthy, (McFadden, J. Charles, etc..), along with these opponents on the schedule: Steelers, Ravens, Patriots, Saints, Falcons (in Atlanta), Bengals,  Carolina could even prove challenging.  They go from 1st to worst in 2012 if you ask me. Look for a 6-10 record.  


  




Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 12:54 pm
 

Del Rio to take over as Broncos DC

You make some harsh points.  I'm a born and raised Bronco Fan and I FEEL YOUR GOING TO EAT YOUR WORDS.  I like the direction that this team is going.  This offseason will determine a lot about how well the Broncos will fair in the next season.  Del Rio is a good choice for this position, and he has a good relationship with Coach Fox.  With his head coaching experience he'll work well with the Defense and mold in quickly.  By mid-season maybe you'll be able to form a REAL opinion, and have a REAL understanding on where this team is going.  Until then maybe you can get a REAL understanding on the NFL.




Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:58 am
 

Del Rio to take over as Broncos DC

Good move by Denver to add Del Rio. Improved defense with D. Allen wish him the best in Oakland. Del Rio will continue to make the Defense better. Don't really see Denver being the laughingstock of the NFL. Not like the Circus started by Irsay in Indy.



Since: Jan 1, 2012
Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:54 am
 

Del Rio to take over as Broncos DC

John Fox dug into his coaching past to find a new defensive coordinator.

The Broncos on Friday hired Jack Del Rio to replace Dennis Allen as the team's defensive coordinator, reuniting Fox with his first defensive coordinator from Carolina.

Denver also hired strength and conditioning coach Luke Richesson, who spent the last three seasons on Del Rio's staff in Jacksonville. Richesson replaces Rich Tuten, whose contract was not renewed after 17 seasons with the Broncos.

Del Rio, a former NFL linebacker, joined Fox's first staff in Carolina in 2002. After one year in that role, in which the Panthers' defense improved from the No. 31-ranked defense in 2001 to No. 2 in the NFL, Del Rio was hired to be head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Del Rio held that job until he was fired in late November. Jacksonville owed Del Rio $5 million remaining on his contract and will pay him the difference between that total and his new salary in Denver.

Del Rio inherits a Denver defense that improved from last in the league in 2010 to No. 20 this year under Fox and Allen, with three players (cornerback Champ Bailey, linebacker Von Miller and defensive end Elvis Dumervil) who were voted into the Pro Bowl. A fourth player, safety Brian Dawkins, made the Pro Bowl roster as an alternate.

"We are thrilled to be able to add such a well-respected defensive coach to our staff," Fox said in a statement Friday night. "He was an integral part of our turnaround on defense during my first year with the Panthers in 2002. His defenses with the Jaguars have ranked among the NFL's best, and we are excited he's a Bronco."

Del Rio's defenses consistently ranked among the top 10 in yards and points allowed from 2003-06, but slid from 2007-09. The low point came in 2010, when the Jaguars ranked No. 28 in yards allowed and No. 27 in points allowed. Jacksonville climbed back to No. 6 in yards allowed this season, though defensive coordinator Mel Tucker (not Del Rio, as he had in earlier years) called plays.

Del Rio becomes the Broncos' seventh defensive coordinator in seven seasons after Allen left the team this week to become the Oakland Raiders head coach. Allen's second interview with the Raiders was conducted in Mobile, Ala., where NFL coaches and scouts convened for the Senior Bowl.

Del Rio also was in Mobile this week and spent some time visiting with Fox. Fox returned to Denver on Wednesday night, and negotiated with Del Rio and his representatives until reaching a deal Friday evening.

Now the question is how long Del Rio will remain in Denver. No coordinator since Larry Coyer, who held the job from 2002-06, has lasted more than a season.

Other coordinators in that time were Jim Bates (2007), Bob Slowik (2008), Mike Nolan (2009), Don "Wink" Martindale (2010) and Allen. All but Allen were fired, resigned or not retained after a head coaching change.

Such instability at coordinator means every Broncos defensive player other than Bailey and D.J. Williams, both on the team since 2004, has had a different coordinator each season.

"Love the hire, just hope we can keep him around," Dawkins wrote on his Twitter account Friday night from Hawaii, where he is preparing for the Pro Bowl.




Since: Jan 1, 2012
Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:50 am
 

Del Rio to take over as Broncos DC

 John Fox and Jack Del Rio are together again.

The Denver Broncos announced Friday night they had agreed to terms with Del Rio to become the club's new defensive co-ordinator.

Del Rio was Fox's first defensive co-ordinator in Carolina in 2002 before leaving after one year to coach the Jacksonville Jaguars, who fired him in November.

Del Rio replaces Dennis Allen, who left after one year in Denver to coach the Oakland Raiders.

Del Rio is the Broncos' seventh defensive co-ordinator in seven seasons. Other men who have filled the Mile High musical chair in the last six seasons are Larry Coyer (2006), Jim Bates (2007), Bob Slowik (2008), Mike Nolan (2009) and Don Martindale (2010). Allen was the only one who left for a head coaching job.

"We are thrilled to be able to add such a well-respected defensive coach to our staff," Fox said in a statement issued through the team's Twitter account.

"He was an integral part of our turnaround on defence during my first year with the Panthers in 2002," Fox added. "His defences with the Jaguars have ranked among the NFL's best, and we are excited he's a Bronco."

The Broncos also hired Luke Richesson as their head strength and conditioning coach. Richesson spent the last three seasons with the Jaguars.




Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:54 am
 

Del Rio to take over as Broncos DC

Great move by the Broncos!!!  Hopefully he'll stick around long enough to develop a long term defensive scheme.  I also believe he'll be very influential on Von Miller's development into one of the leagues best pass rushers.  Now draft some DB's and get this D back to the good ole Orange Crush days!!!



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:30 am
 

Del Rio to take over as Broncos DC

like the guy in the lwhen a gm asks the head coach, do you want us to hire this guyyou workedwith bfore and youthought he did a good job? always. that fimiliarrity and the feeling of being comfortable with somone usually produces good results. having a good defense is critical for this team. especially next year, when we see if tetow can become an nfl quarterback. much more important for that is who the ofensive cordinator is, and thequarterbacks coach. tebow needs to spnd tons of time in the film room in the offseason.  



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 9:58 am
 

Del Rio to take over as Broncos DC

Ugh.  I'm a Lions fan.  I still have nightmares of Del Rio from when he was with the Vikings.  It was only four years, but it seemed like forever.  Denver is getting someone who can infuse some sorely-needed attitude into their defense right now.  Del Rio always seemd to have a knack for knowing where the play was going, too.  Denver could be an interesting team to watch on both sides of the ball now.  


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