Schon: Broncos Daily Update

Defensive coordinator Larry Coyer gets the axe while Champ Bailey grabs All Pro honors - Check it all out in today"s edition of Broncos Daily Update.

News came down from Dove Valley this afternoon - Larry Coyer, whose been the Broncos' defensive coordinator for the past four seasons and on the coaching staff for seven years, has been released according to head coach Mike Shanahan.

The move comes a little over a week after the Broncos closed out a dissapointing 9-7 season, missing out on a shot at the Wild Card playoff race with a loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Dec. 31.

Coyer was the third defensive coordinator in the Shanahan era. Greg Robinson handled the duties from 1995-2000, while Ray Rhodes took the reins in 2001 and 2002. Coyer served under both men as linebackers coach before moving up to the coordinator's position in 2003.

...Champ Bailey got some well deserved recognition on Monday, as one of only three players to be unanimously selected as first team All-Pro for 2006. The two other unanimous choices, San Diego running back LaDainian Tomlinson and Miami defensive end Jason Taylor, also grabbed offensive and defensive Player of the Year honors. Bailey was the lone Broncos to receive All Pro honors for the 2006 season.

In addition, the eight-year veteran also was selected as Colorado's Professional Athlete of the Year, in voting by the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame selection committee. Bailey, who earned the same honor last year, is the first athlete to win the Hall's award in back-to-back seasons, joining golfer Hale Irwin (three times), former NBA star Alex English (twice) and hockey standout Joe Sakic (twice) as the only athletes to win the pro award more than once. The committee will honor Bailey at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet, set for April 10 at the Denver City Center Marriott.

...In another personel move, Broncos backup quarterback Preston Parsons was signed to a future contract today, the team announced. Parsons officially will be added to the Broncos' roster at the end of the 2006 NFL season in February.

Parsons (6-4, 229 pounds) is a third-year quarterback who spent the 2006 regular season on Denver's practice squad after joining the club as a future-contract signee on Jan. 3, 2006. He entered the NFL with Arizona as a college free agent on May 3, 2002, and was on the Cardinals' active roster for the duration of his first two seasons but did not see any game action.

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Michael John Schon has covered the National Football League and the Denver Broncos for the past ten years. As a member of the Pro Football Writers Association he has published and syndicated columns to both newspapers and magazines throughout the United States and Canada. His syndicated radio broadcast: "Schon Live" airs weekly on various radio stations around the country.

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