Denver Broncos tight ends coach
• Assistant coach Denver Broncos (tight ends) 2005
• Assistant coach San Diego Chargers (tight ends, assistant head coach) 2002-04
• Assistant coach University of Texas (tight ends, recruiting coordinator) 1998-2001
• Assistant coach University of North Carolina (tight ends, special teams, recruiting coordinator) 1989-97
• Assistant coach Purdue University 1986
• Played tight end at Illinois (captained the 1984 Rose Bowl team)
Brewster took the tight ends job in Denver during the offseason and moved his family to Colorado. His son, Clint, plays quarterback at Mullen High School. He knows the Big 12 very well, having coached at Texas.
Mack Brown long ago earned the moniker Mr. February for being able to recruit better than most. For 14 years, turn over that name tag and you'd find Brewster, as he was Brown's recruiting coordinator at Carolina and Texas. Longtime recruiting analyst Tom Lemming reportedly called Brewster one of the top three recruiters in the nation when Brewster was a candidate for the Illinois job in 2004. In a 2003 interview Brewster was quoted as saying, "in college football the life blood to any program is recruiting."
He's very well respected by those in the coaching profession, and is thought of as someone who would succeed as a head coach even though he has no coordinator experience.
The Question Marks
• Brewster's not a household name among the rank-and-file Colorado fans, nor, despite his position with the Broncos, among casual sports fans in the state. CU needs to make a splash with this hire. We're not at all saying Brewster couldn't be that splash, but it would take some campaigning to create the buzz.
• Teams sometimes take a step backward before moving forward after a coaching change. Ron Zook won the Illinois job prior to the 2005 season, even though many in the Illini nation favored hiring Brewster. Illinois went 2-9 this fall, its only wins coming over Rutgers and San Jose State. In a 2003 interview, Brewster said, "There is no question I have dreamed about coaching at the University of Illinois. … the University of Illinois is the most special place in the world to me and the time I spent there was just amazing." What happens if Brewster is hired, the Illinois job comes open and he's offered a shot at his alma mater?
What We Are Hearing
Word is Brewster is interested in the job and will likely get an interview. He could be a strong Darkhorse candidate.