Denver Broncos Name Joe Woods Defensive Coordinator

This time, Elway is promoting from within.

The Denver Broncos could not reach an agreement with Wade Phillips to stay on as defensive coordinator, allowing him to join the Los Angeles Rams under their new regime. With Phillips out after just two years, that left a void at the DC position for one of the NFL's top units, the Broncos defense.

Unlike many of the recent coaching changes on offense, John Elway and company decided to hire from within. And today, the team announced that Joe woods would serve as Denver's defensive coordinator moving forward. Woods spent the last two season as defensive backs coach for the Broncos, turning the most talented secondary in the league into the most feared one as well. Players like Aqib TalibDarian Stewart, and David Bruton enjoyed new heights and success in their time playing for Woods.

The 46-year-old Woods has been coaching defenses for the past 13 years, starting in the college ranks and eventually moving up to the NFL. His first gig was as an assistant with Muskingum College in 1992, progressing onward to more high-profile college jobs coaching linebackers and defensive backs before joining the NFL as the secondary coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2004.

After spending eight years with the Minnesota Vikings in the same capacity, he worked under Dennis Allen with the Oakland Raiders in 2014 before finally arriving in Denver after Gary Kubiak was hired a year later.

Now with Kubiak and Phillips gone, Woods is assuming control of one of the league's foremost units, a Denver defense that was considered among the historic elites just a year ago. 

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Will Keys is an Editor for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @WillKeys6.

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