New Coaches Added

Still no word yet on any free agent player signings, but Mike Shanahan has announced three new coaching changes for the upcoming season, two of which are directed at improving the often porous defensive line.

Englewood, Colo. - Denver Broncos Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced Monday the appointment of George Dyer to the position of Assistant to the Head Coach.

Dyer is in his 21st season in the National Football League and his eighth with the Broncos, having been one of the first coaches hired by Mike Shanahan upon his return to Denver in 1995.

He has been the defensive line coach for the past seven years in Denver, including the back-to-back World Championship teams in 1997 and 1998. During his tenure as the Broncos' defensive line coach, four of his players earned Pro Bowl honors, Trevor Pryce (1999-2001, Neil Smith (1997), Alfred Williams (1996), and Michael Dean Perry (1996).

Added to the Broncos coaching staff are new defensive line coach Jacob Burney, who comes to the Broncos after having spent the last three seasons with the Carolina Panthers as their defensive line coach, and Keith Millard, who will be assistant defensive line coach/pass rush specialist for the Broncos.

Burney, 33, spent five seasons with Cleveland/Baltimore (1994-98), and prior to that coached in college football from 1983-93, including stints at New Mexico (1983-86), Tulsa (1987), Mississippi State (1988), Wisconsin (1989), UCLA (1990-92), and Tennessee (1993). He coached the defensive line at every school except Mississippi State, at which he was the inside linebackers' coach.

Burney was a standout defensive tackle at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga from 1977-80, receiving All-Southern Conference honors following each of his final three seasons. He has a bachelor's degree from UTC.

He and his wife Madrinna Paton have two sons, Jacob and Benjamin.

Millard, 38, was an All-NFL and Pro Bowl defensive lineman in a sterling pro playing career that spanned nine seasons-he played for Minnesota from 1985-91, for Seattle and Green Bay in 1992, and finished his playing career with Philadelphia in 1993.

Millard was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1989 while with the Vikings, and was a Pro Bowl player in 1988 and 1989, and made the NFL All-Pro team from 1987 through 1989. He was an All-Pac 10 player during his college career at Washington State.

Millard has a degree from Madison University in health and physical education.

His coaching career began at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., in 1996, and he also coached at Menlo College in Atherton, Calif., from 1997-2000. His pro coaching career consists of stints with the Los Angeles Dragons of the SFL in 2000 and the San Francisco Demons of the XFL in 2001.



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