Denver Broncos Hire Johnnie Lynn & Chris Gould As Coaching Assistants

The Broncos have announced the hiring of two new coaching assistants.

A day after the Denver Broncos officially announced the hiring of Brock Olivo as Special Teams Coordinator, the team also hired two new assistants to work under Head Coach Vance Joseph

Johnnie Lynn: Assistant Defensive Backs Coach

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After the Broncos promoted Woods to Defensive Coordinator, and hired Marcus Robertson to serve as Defensive Backs Coach, Johnnie Lynn was added as Assisant Defensive Backs Coach. 

Lynn has spent the last few years out of coaching. His last job was with the Oakland Raiders coaching the defensive backs. He has 28 years of experience in the NFL as a player and coach. During Lynn’s two seasons with the Raiders (2012-13), Lynn preceded Woods as Oakland’s defensive backs coach. He worked with veteran Charles Woodson, as well as cornerback D.J. Hayden, who was selected by the team with the 12th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Lynn, a former New York Jets defensive back, coached along side Vance Joseph with the San Francisco 49ers from 2006-10. As defensive coordinator (2002-03) and defensive backs coach (1997-01) with the New York Giants, Lynn's team reached the playoffs three times, including an appearance in Super Bowl XXXV.

In his first season as a defensive coordinator, the Giants finished third in scoring defense (17.4 PPG) and ninth in total defense (309.3 YPG). Lynn began his NFL coaching career in 1994 with Tampa Bay as the team’s secondary coach after working on the University of Arizona’s staff for seven years (1987-93) coaching linebackers and defensive backs.

Chris Gould: Special Teams Assistant

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Gould has been with the Broncos as an assistant special teams coach since 2015. Denver was his first NFL coaching stop, after a couple of jobs in the college ranks. 

During Gould’s two seasons in Denver, placekicker Brandon McManus ranked seventh in the NFL in points scored (252), while connecting on 59-of-69 field goals (85.5%). McManus was a career-best 30-for-35 (85.7%) on field goals in the regular season in 2015, before connecting on all 10 attempts in three playoff games to represent the most all-time in a single postseason without a miss.

Under Gould's coaching, rookie punter Riley Dixon set the NFL single-season rookie record for net punting average (41.3), while opponents registered the seventh-fewest yards per return (6.8) against him. Gould will continue his excellent work with Denver's specialists under Brock Olivo. 

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