Vance Joseph brought several new faces onto his coaching staff. A capsule look at Broncos assistants who weren’t with the team a year ago.
NFL experience: 18 years
McCoy is back with the Broncos in the same capacity he served for the team from 2009-12. McCoy spent the past four seasons as head coach of the San Diego (now Los Angeles) Chargers. He also worked on the offensive staff for the Carolina Panthers from 2000-08. McCoy was a quarterback for the Long Beach State 49ers until the program discontinued football in 1991. He transferred to the University of Utah, where he started in 1993-94.
NFL experience: 14 years
Woods is the new defensive coordinator after serving as the Broncos’ defensive backs coach the past two seasons. He previously coached the defensive backs with Oakland (2014), Minnesota (2006-13) and Tampa Bay (2004-05). His secondary in 2015 with the Broncos accounted for 11 interceptions, nine forced fumbles and four touchdowns. The Broncos led the NFL in fewest passing yards allowed the past two seasons. Woods was originally hired by former Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, whom he replaced.
Special teams coordinator
NFL experience: 4 years
Olivo was hired in January by new head coach Vance Joseph. Olivo spent the previous three years with the Kansas City Chiefs, and also coached in the NCAA at Coastal Carolina (2012-13). The St. Louis native was a running back at the University of Missouri and with the Detroit Lions, and excelled on special teams. He was the inaugural winner of the Mosi Tatupu Award, which was given to the NCAA’s top special teams player from 1997 to 2006.
NFL experience: 20 years
A former Broncos quarterback (1995-96), Musgrave returns to Denver after serving as Oakland’s offensive coordinator the past two years. He also coached with the Raiders in 1997, as well as Philadelphia (2014 and 1998), Minnesota (2011-13), Atlanta (2006-10), Washington (2005), Jacksonville (2003-04) and Carolina (1999-2000). Musgrave has coached four Pro Bowl quarterbacks: Derek Carr (2015-16), Matt Ryan (2010), Michael Vick (2005) and Steve Beuerlein (1999).
NFL experience: 23 years
Chryst did not coach in the NFL last season after serving as San Francisco’s offensive coordinator in 2015 and the 49ers’ quarterbacks coach from 2011-14. He has also been with Carolina (2006-10), Arizona (2001-03, 1996-98), San Diego (1999-2000) and Chicago (1991-95). Chryst played football and baseball at Princeton and started three years as a Tigers’ linebacker. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton and added a master’s degree in educational administration from Wisconsin.
NFL experience: 22 years
Davidson, a former Broncos draft pick and offensive lineman (1990-93), is in his first year with Denver after coming over from the Chargers with Mike McCoy, where he coached the offensive line in 2016. Davidson also coached the offensive line in Minnesota (2011-2015) and was Carolina’s offensive coordinator from 2007-10. He was an offensive coordinator in 2006 with Cleveland, which also named him associate head coach, after serving in multiple offensive positions with New England from 1997-2004. Davidson was selected by Denver in the fifth round of the 1990 NFL draft and played three of his four NFL seasons for the Broncos.
NFL experience: 14 years
Robertson, who played safety at Iowa State and became a two-time all-pro (1993, 1997), comes to Denver after coaching Oakland’s secondary from 2014-16. He has 26 seasons of NFL experience as a player, coach or administrator. Robertson coached in Detroit (2012-13) and Tennessee (2007-11). After a 12-year playing career with Houston/Tennessee (1991-2000) and Seattle (2001-02), he became Tennessee’s director of player development (2003-06). In his playing days, Robertson had 24 interceptions.
Assistant defensive backs
NFL experience: 20 years
Lynn returns to the NFL after previously coaching the defensive backs for Oakland from 2012-13. He also coached with Philadelphia (2011), San Francisco (2006-10, 1996), Baltimore (2004-05), the New York Giants (1997-2003), Tampa Bay (1994-95) and the University of Arizona (1987-93). Lynn was the defensive coordinator for the Giants in 2002-03. He played for UCLA and the New York Jets (1979-1986), starting 48 games and making 17 interceptions.
NFL experience: 13 years
Smith joins the Broncos after serving as head strength-and-conditioning coach for the Houston Texans the past four years. The former Florida Gators fullback and six-year NFL player previously worked for the Broncos as an assistant strength-and-conditioning coach for six seasons, ending in 2006. Smith played in the NFL for Minnesota (1990), New Orleans (1991), Washington (1994-95) and Arizona (1996-97). He was the primary blocking back for Emmitt Smith at Florida from 1987-89 and was a team captain as a senior.
Assistant offensive line
NFL experience: First year
Strausser begins his first season as an NFL coach after serving as associate head coach/offensive line for the last three years at the University of Washington. He also coached under Dan Hawkins at Boise State and Colorado, among other NCAA schools, and followed Hawkins’ Boise State successor, Chris Petersen, to Washington in 2014.
Defensive quality control
NFL experience: First year
Gordon was the defensive backs coach at the University of Northern Colorado the past four years. He played at Kansas and was signed as an undrafted free agent cornerback by the Minnesota Vikings, for whom he played four seasons (2006-09). Gordon caught 57 passes for 769 yards as a freshman at KU in 2003. He became an all-Big 12 kick returner, second-team cornerback and honorable mention wide receiver.
Offensive quality control
NFL experience: First year
Kragthorpe was an offensive assistant for Louisiana State last year after previously serving as a graduate assistant at Georgia and LSU. The oldest son of Steve Kragthorpe, LSU’s special assistant to the head coach and chief of staff, Chris Kragthorpe was an offensive lineman at Division III Wheaton College in Illinois. His brother, Brad Kragthorpe, was a former LSU quarterback.
Broncos first-year head coaches
Was the running backs coach for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League in 1959 before being named the Broncos’ first head coach on Jan. 1, 1960.
He took over Feb. 1, 1962 and became the team’s general manager five months later. He led the franchise’s efforts to change the team’s colors from brown and gold to orange and blue and to rid his players from wearing vertically striped socks.
Speedie replaced Faulkner as interim coach during the 1964 season and was signed to a two-year contract. He resigned two games into the 1966 season after the Broncos began 0-2.
Saban joined the Broncos after winning back-to-back AFL championships with the Buffalo Bills. His first-year winning percentage of .214 is the lowest in Broncos history but he lasted five seasons in Denver.
Ralston didn’t have much success in Year 1 but the Broncos went 7-5-2 (tied for second in the AFC West) in his second year and he was named AFC coach of the year.
The coach who put the Broncos on the map. A 2017 Ring of Fame inductee, Miller took over a team that went 9-5 in 1976 and led the Broncos to a 12-2 regular season, the best first year of any Broncos head coach, and later took them to the team’s first Super Bowl.
His 10-6 record as a rookie NFL head coach in 1981 didn’t get the Broncos in the playoffs but was good enough for a second-place finish in the AFC West. Super Bowls soon followed.
Son of Bum’s first season as head coach of the Broncos ended with an AFC wild card playoff loss to the Raiders. Years later, he would return as the team’s defensive coordinator and help Denver win Super Bowl 50.
Shanny went 8-8 in Year 1 with the Broncos but then guided the team to three consecutive playoff appearances, including Super Bowl championships in 1997 and 1998, the greatest run in franchise history.
The former Patriots’ offensive coordinator got the Broncos off to a 6-0 start in 2009 before the team collapsed to an 8-8 record. McDaniels was 5-17 in his last 22 games before being fired.
Fox was just 8-8 in his rookie season with Denver, but the Broncos finished first in the AFC West via a tiebreaker and advanced to the AFC divisional playoff game (losing to New England).
The former Broncos quarterback and assistant coach inherited quarterback Peyton Manning and a stellar defense that paved the way for a Super Bowl 50 championship over Carolina.
How coaches with no previous head-coaching experience in the NFL fared in their first season as a head coach with the Broncos (and how they finished overall):
1960: Frank Filchock 4-9-1 (7-20-1 in two seasons)
1962: Jack Faulkner 7-7-0 (9-22-1 in three seasons; departed four games into 1964)
1965: Mac Speedie 4-10-0 (6-19-1 in three seasons; departed two games into 1966)
1972: John Ralston 5-9-0 (34-33-3 in five full 14-game seasons)
1977: Red Miller 12-2, 2-1 playoffs (Super Bowl runner-up; finished 40-22 in four seasons, plus 2-3 playoffs)
1981: Dan Reeves 10-6 (110-73-1 in 12 seasons, plus 7-6 playoffs)
1993: Wade Phillips 9-7 (16-16 in two seasons)
2009: Josh McDaniels 8-8 (11-17 in less than two seasons)
Interim Broncos head coaches with no NFL experience:
1966: Ray Malavasi 4-8-0 (Replaced Mac Speedie after Week 2)
1971: Jerry Smith 2-3-0 (Replaced Lou Saban after Week 9)
2010: Eric Studesville 1-3 (Replaced Josh McDaniels after Week 12)
Other Broncos head coaches: Lou Saban, 1967-71 (previously head coach of Boston and Buffalo, 1960-65); Mike Shanahan, 1995-2008 (head coach for Los Angeles Raiders, 1988-89); John Fox, 2011-14 (head coach for Carolina 2002-10); Gary Kubiak, 2015-16 (head coach for Houston, 2006-13).
HOW CURRENT NFL COACHES FARED AS ROOKIE HEAD COACHES WITHIN THE LAST FIVE YEARS:
Bruce Arians, Arizona — 10-6 in 2013
Dan Quinn, Atlanta — 8-8 in 2015
Bill O’Brien, Houston — 9-7 in 2014
Chuck Pagano, Indianapolis — 11-5 in 2012
Adam Gase, Miami — 10-6 in 2016
Mike Zimmer, Minnesota — 7-9 in 2014
Bob McAdoo, New York Giants — 11-6 in 2016
Todd Bowles, New York Jets — 10-6 in 2015
Doug Pederson, Philadelphia — 7-9 in 2016
Dirk Koetter, Tampa Bay — 9-7 in 2016
Jay Gruden, Washington — 4-12 in 2014