Slowik new defensive backs coach

The Denver Broncos have hired former Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Bob Slowik as their defensive backs coach. Slowik has 13 years of NFL coaching experience – eight as a defensive coordinator – and brings 28 total years of coaching experience.

Slowik, 50, most recently served as the Green Bay Packers' defensive coordinator in 2004 and coached the team's defensive backs from 2000-03. Slowik, who also was the Packers' assistant head coach from 2002-03, has 13 years of NFL coaching experience – eight as a defensive coordinator – and brings 28 total years of coaching experience.

In 2004, Slowik's unit ranked ninth in the NFL in third-down defense (35.0%), the Packers' best percentage in seven years, and led the league in red zone third-down defense (23.8%) while producing five defensive touchdowns. He coached a secondary that helped Green Bay post the highest takeaway total (116) in the NFL from 2001-03, including 45 in 2002 for the league's best mark. During Slowik's five seasons in Green Bay, safety Darren Sharper recorded 31 interceptions for the NFL's highest total during that period while earning two Pro Bowl and All-Pro selections.

Before working one year as the Cleveland Browns' defensive coordinator during their 1999 expansion season when he directed the league's No. 11 pass defense, he spent six years (1993-98) as the Chicago Bears' defensive coordinator. Under Slowik's guidance, Chicago's defense ranked in the top half of the NFL in five of his six seasons and surrendered the NFL's eighth-lowest average yardage output (312.8) during his six years. He began his NFL career as a defensive assistant with the 1992 Super Bowl Champion Dallas Cowboys, helping produce the NFL's No. 1-ranked defense.

Slowik spent 15 years as a college assistant coach at East Carolina (outside linebackers, 1990-91), Rutgers (secondary, 1984-89), Drake (secondary, 1983), Florida (defensive assistant, 1979-82) and Delaware (graduate assistant, 1977-78). He helped the 1991 East Carolina team to its highest final ranking in school history (No. 9) and worked on Florida's staff with Broncos Head Coach Mike Shanahan from 1980-82 when Shanahan was its offensive coordinator.

A two-year starting cornerback at Delaware, Slowik was born May 16, 1954, in Pittsburgh. He and his wife, Carol, have four children: Ryan, Andrea, Bobby and Steven.

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