All-Pro linebacker Von Miller recently called GM John Elway "the king of the comeback". After the shocking and unexpected resignation of Head Coach Gary Kubiak, Elway and the Broncos were left in the lurch.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1745359-watch-vance-joseph-s-intr... The task of putting the team on his shoulders, and willing the Broncos forward would once again be put on the Comeback King.
The first step was hiring a new head coach, and the Broncos landed on their man for the job on Wednesday — Vance Joseph. The 44-year-old Joseph, working hand-in-hand with Elway, quickly set about the process of filling out his coaching staff.
Wade Phillips was not retained, nor were the vast majority of Kubiak's offensive assistants. The wholesale turnover of the offensive staff comes as no surprise, following a pathetically sub-par performance from the 2016 Broncos, who finished No. 27 in the NFL in total yards.
Mike McCoy was Joseph and Elway's top target to assume offensive coordinator duties. With that hire wrapped up, the Broncos aren't resting on their laurels.
After Oakland jettisoned OC Bill Musgrave, Joseph and Elway focused on him to join McCoy to form Denver's new offensive brain trust. And the Broncos got their man.
A former quarterback, Musgrave, is a 20-year coaching veteran with 18 years of experience as a quarterbacks coach or offensive coordinator in the NFL. Musgrave coordinated the Oakland Raiders offense to new heights in 2016, finishing as the No. 6 total yards offense and No. 7 in scoring. Derek Carr morphed into an MVP candidate under Musgrave's tutelage.
Oakland allowed him to go, in order to keep QBs coach Todd Downing in the fold. But under Musgrave's design and Carr's performance, Oakland was one of just three NFL offenses to rank in the top 10 in passing and rushing, before the MVP-caliber QB was injured in Week 16.
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After such a strong showing, Musgrave is a coach in high demand — as an offensive coordinator. It is a major coup to secure his services as a QBs coach, and the team threw in Assistant Head Coach to bolster the offer.
The hire might be another notch on Elway's belt as the NFL's top front-office closer but it doesn't hurt that Musgrave backed Elway up in Denver for two years (1995-96).
The Broncos are building a foundation that will not only resurrect the offense, but maximize the potential of Paxton Lynch — a player vital to Denver's long-term ability to compete for World Championships.
"I want a guy that fits the scheme to the players," Vance Joseph said Thursday. "I want coordinators that put players first and schemes second. If it doesn’t fit the players, let’s not do it. My thought there is ‘players first, scheme second’.”
With a mantra like that, you've got to be excited about the direction the Denver Broncos are heading offensively.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.