01/30/2006 - Detroit - One fact has been clear for several days: Mike Heimerdinger will be joining the Broncos' coaching staff to replace Gary Kubiak. Heimerdinger soon will be officially announced as part of Denver's staff. However, his title could be different than expected. There are indications there could be title changes on the assistant coaching staff. For example, Heimerdinger - a former offensive coordinator with Tennessee and the New York Jets - could be named assistant head coach. Or an existing assistant, such as offensive line coach Rick Dennison, could be named the offensive coordinator or assistant head coach. If head coach Mike Shanahan makes any job-title changes, it will essentially be a matter of semantics. Heimerdinger is coming aboard because Kubiak has taken the head coaching job with the Houston Texans.
Broncos will clear cap room to retain their key free agents - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
01/29/2006 - Don't be alarmed that the Broncos are about $30 million over the projected salary cap, which takes effect in March. Most of that excess is in contracts that will void or can be restructured. They will have the cap room to keep key free agents Tom Nalen, Matt Lepsis and Gerard Warren. Perhaps one of the three will look for more money, but cap room will be there if Denver chooses to spend it. Complicating the issue for all teams are the ongoing negotiations between the league and the players' association on a new collective bargaining agreement. The current CBA expires after the 2006 season. Contracts that stretch beyond that will be affected by the yet to be determined CBA because it will set the bar on future salary cap figures.
Heimerdinger chapter still needs a title - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
January 30, 2006 - DETROIT - Mike Heimerdinger, who will replace departed offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak on the Broncos staff, will be in Denver today to complete the deal with coach Mike Shanahan and begin his first day on the job, according to league sources. Kubiak was Shanahan's only offensive coordinator in his tenure as Denver's coach. Heimerdinger will join the Broncos coaching staff at the Pro Bowl next week. Denver's coaching staff, because of the loss in the AFC Championship Game, will coach the AFC team in Hawaii leading up to the Feb. 12 game. What still is unclear is how Shanahan will distribute the titles surrounding Heimerdinger's hire.
Into the Offseason - Denver Broncos.com
Monday, January 30, 2006 - At the beginning of any offseason of the modern NFL, uncertainties are unavoidable and change is something that can merely be managed effectively; it can't be dodged. But one thing Head Coach Mike Shanahan made clear last week was that he didn't want a drastic overhaul on his offensive line, saying he'd be "disappointed" if its two most experienced members did not return -- those being Tom Nalen and Matt Lepsis. "I talked to Tom and if we didn't have Tom back I'd be very disappointed," Shanahan said. "I've never thought about playing for another team since I've been here," Nalen said. "They've been good to me and my family. I certainly wouldn't go to another place if the dollars were even. I'd stay in Denver." As for Lepsis, "I'm hoping we're going to re-sign him," Shanahan said. "I talked to Matt said we'd sure like to have him back and I think he'd like to be here." But quality left tackles are highly coveted commodities in the free-agent market.
Kubiak will model team after Broncos - Houston Chronicle - John McClain
Jan. 29, 2006 - Although the transformation will not happen overnight, Houston fans can look at the Denver Broncos if they want to see what kind of team new coach Gary Kubiak wants the Texans to become. Kubiak will never say the Broncos' way is the best way. And it's not the only way he knows. But starting in 1983, when Denver drafted him out of Texas A&M, he spent 20 years in an organization that has been consistently successful. Kubiak knows the formula for success. Under Dan Reeves and Mike Shanahan, Kubiak participated in five Super Bowls, winning two. In 1994, his only season as an assistant coach at San Francisco, he won his first Super Bowl ring.
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