Broncos News Briefs - Monday, Mar. 28

Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Larry Coyer discusses off-season changes to the defense in today's news reports.

Gradishar's morale booster - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
March 28, 2005 - The heavy snow and subzero temperatures reminded Randy Gradi- shar a little bit of Colorado's high country. But this was not Vail or Aspen. His most recent excursion took him halfway around the world to Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan, war-torn countries where his mission was to help boost morale for U.S. troops stationed there. Gradishar, who a year earlier had participated in a similar tour in Iraq, said the trips were the opportunity of a lifetime.

Coyer: 3-4 Alignment 'A Small Part' of 2005 Preparations - - Andrew Mason
Monday, March 28, 2005 - For much of the year, defensive coordinator Larry Coyer is a teacher. For now, he is a craftsman. A television, a laptop computer and a notepad are his tools. Images flicker in his corner office for hour after hour even during the placid exposition of the offseason, when the locker room and training room sit relatively dormant, awaiting the eventual arrival of the bulk of the players to commence offseason workouts. Coyer clicks, he watches, he studies, he takes notes. He looks back at the Broncos' games of 2004. He breaks down the work of other teams, looking for ideas which he can incorporate. And, yes, Coyer examines the much-discussed 3-4 defense. Coyer invested days in study of the schemes utilized by the New England Patriots and San Diego Chargers.

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