Broncos hire Patterson

The Denver Broncos have hired former Cleveland defensive line coach Andre Patterson to complete their coaching staff. Read about it in today's news reports.

The Denver Broncos on Friday hired Andre Patterson to work with their defensive front.

Additionally, the team named Jimmy Spencer as assistant defensive backs coach, Kirk Doll as linebackers coach, Troy Calhoun as assistant to the head coach and Jim Ryan as defensive assistant.

Patterson, 44, spent the previous two seasons as the Cleveland Browns' defensive line coach. An NFL assistant coach for the last eight years, he also worked with the defensive lines of Dallas, Minnesota and New England and has 23 total years of coaching experience.

In 2004, Patterson's instruction helped defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban post a career-high eight sacks on a line that contributed to two six-sack games. His 2003 unit led a consistent pass rush that registered a sack in 15 of 16 games and posted three sacks in each of Cleveland's final five contests.

Patterson spent three seasons (2000-02) coaching the Dallas Cowboys' defensive tackles, and his interior linemen were part of a defense that allowed only 10 rushing scores in 2002. Patterson guided defensive tackle La'Roi Glover to a Pro Bowl nomination that year with 6.5 sacks.

He worked with Chris Doleman and John Randle, who respectively rank fourth and tied for fifth all-time in sacks, in two seasons (1998-99) as the Minnesota Vikings' defensive line coach. Patterson began his NFL career as a defensive assistant with the 1997 New England Patriots.

Before entering the NFL, he held coaching positions at the following schools: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (head coach, 1994-96), Washington State University (defensive line, 1992-93), Cornell University (defensive line, 1990-91), Western Washington University (defensive coordinator, 1989), Weber State University (defensive line, 1988), St. Monica High School in California (head coach, 1987), Renton High School in Washington (defensive coordinator/offensive line, 1983-86) and University of Montana (graduate assistant, 1982).

A 1983 University of Montana graduate with a bachelor's degree in secondary education, Patterson was born June 12, 1960, in Camden, Ark. He and his wife, Donna, have a son, Andre Jr., and a daughter, Ashmera.

Shanahan completes coaching staff - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Saturday, February 12, 2005 - The Broncos finalized their 2005 coaching staff by announcing several expected moves along with the hiring of Cleveland defensive front coach Andre Patterson. Patterson was selected to work with Jacob Burney with the line Friday after being interviewed for the second time in two weeks Thursday. Coach Mike Shanahan chose Patterson over Green Bay's Brad Miller and former Dallas assistant Jeff Jeffcoat.

Broncos' O-line won't suffer identity crisis - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
February 12, 2005 - Three players with salary-cap figures in excess of $5 million. Pending free agency for two others. That reality signaled a possible overhaul of the Denver Broncos offensive line this off-season. Instead, as the team moves toward the March 2 start of free agency, the unit could have much the same look in 2005. Four-time Pro Bowl center Tom Nalen assured his return late last month by renegotiating next season's contract.

Millard to Oakland - Daily Camera
February 11, 2005 - Keith Millard was hired to be the Oakland Raiders' assistant defensive line coach Thursday, leaving the Denver Broncos' staff to work for their AFC West rivals. Millard, a former All-Pro defensive lineman for the Minnesota Vikings, will be Sam Clancy's assistant with the Raiders. Millard, a Bay Area native, had been the Broncos' defensive line coach for the past four seasons.

Broncos at the Pro Bowl - DenverBroncos.com - Bobby Mestas
Friday, February 11, 2005 - The Broncos have been perhaps the most consistent NFL team for producing Pro Bowlers. Since the AFL-NFL merger, only one Pro Bowl has passed without Broncos participation (1980) and the team has seen 51 players combine for 129 appearances on the AFC All-Star squad. But something is missing from the Broncos' collective Pro Bowl résumé -- an MVP award. No Broncos player has ever earned that honor for a Pro Bowl, not even quarterback John Elway, who appeared in the game a franchise-record nine times (1986-87, 1989, 1991, 1993-94, 1996-98). Cornerback Willie Brown remains the only Broncos player to earn any kind of all-star honors, but he was named the most outstanding defensive player of the 1964 AFL All-Star Game. All of his Pro Bowl appearances came as a member of the Oakland Raiders.

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