With Coach Gary Kubiak officially hired in Denver, the wheels of the coaching machine are officially swinging into motion. The Broncos are in a process of identifying which coaches they wish to keep, and which will depart for jobs elsewhere. All actions below were first reported by Mike Klis of the Denver Post.
Rick Dennison has been hired as the offensive coordinator. Dennison has a long history in Denver. After a college career at Colorado State University, he played eight years as a linebacker for the Broncos. He joined the coaching staff of the Broncos after his retirement and rose through the ranks, with experience in offense and special teams. This will be his second stint as offensive coordinator for the Broncos, a position which he previously held from 2006-2008. He served as offensive coordinator for the Houston Texans under Kubiak for four years, and most recently was the quarterbacks coach in Baltimore under Kubiak.
Brian Pariani has been hired as the tight ends coach, which is also his second time in the position. He has previous experience coaching TEs in Denver (1995-2004), Houston (2006-2013) and Baltimore (2014).
Both Dennison and Pariani have worked with Kubiak several times in several locations, and have experience with the Kubiak offense. In other offensive assistants news, Tyke Tolbert is expected to be kept in his current position as receivers coach, and former Fox tight ends coach Clancy Barone may be shifted into the role of offensive line coach. The Broncos in fact blocked the Chicago Bears from talking to Tolbert.
Quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp and offensive coordinator Adam Gase are both options to replace Kubiak as offensive coordinator in Baltimore. Their status is unknown.
On the defensive side of the ball, things remain very much in the air. Vance Joseph, current Cincinnati Bengals’ defensive backs coach, remains the likely frontrunner for the coordinator position. He was a Broncos interview for the position of head coach.
John Fox and the Bears have hired special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers and assistant secondary coach Sam Garnes. Defensive backs coach Cory Undlin has departed for the Philadelphia Eagles, in the same position. Linebackers coach Richard Smith has several options on the table, but does have prior experience with Kubiak (defensive coordinator from 2004-2006) and is a premier coach. Smith should be a priority assistant for this Broncos team.