Coyer named defensive coordinator

The Denver Broncos have elevated linebackers coach Larry Coyer to the defensive coordinator position left vacant when Ray Rhodes resigned. Steve Watson, who has served as a defensive assistant for the past two seasons, will move up to receivers coach. He fills a slot vacated by Karl Dorrell, who moved on to the head-coaching position at UCLA.

Coyer new coordinator of defense - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, January 21, 2003 - SAN DIEGO - Introducing the Denver Broncos' successor to Ray Rhodes and their next defensive coordinator, Broncos linebackers coach Larry Coyer will take over as the teamís defensive coordinator."There's going to be a lot of, 'Larry who?"' Coyer's wife, Jan, said after the Broncos promoted her husband from linebackers coach to defensive coordinator, and former franchise great Steve Watson from defensive assistant to wide receivers coach.

Romanowski's perfect timing - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, January 21, 2003 - SAN DIEGO - Silver and black called out to Bill Romanowski before he even called Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis for work. In June 2001, right after Broncos coach Mike Shanahan informed Romanowski that Denver needed to trim his salary from $2.5 million to $1.5 million, the linebacker instructed his agent to contact the Raiders to gauge their interest in him.

Coyer ready to take his turn - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
January 21, 2003 - SAN DIEGO - Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan didn't have to go far to find his new defensive coordinator. Larry Coyer was right down the hall. If initial player response is any indication, the transition should be smooth in the aftermath of Ray Rhodes' surprise resignation.

Coyer ready to take his turn - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
January 21, 2003 - The mute button will finally be turned off today. Ten days after Ray Rhodes, who refused to answer his critics in his two years in Denver, resigned, he was replaced by the open and honest Larry Coyer as the Broncos' defensive coordinator.

Lincicome: What Broncos can learn from Raiders - Rocky Mountain News - Bernie Lincicome
January 20, 2003 - Always alert to be of help to the Broncos, I have examined the Super Bowl finalists, Tampa Bay and Oakland, to see if anything they have done can help the local NFL franchise, lately not too successful on its own.

Coyer New Defensive Coordinator; Watson to WRs Coach - - Andrew Mason
Jan. 20, 2003 - Instead of looking outward to fill two major gaps in the coaching staff, the Broncos went to the inside. Just over a week after Ray Rhodes resigned the defensive coordinator position, the Broncos elevated linebackers coach Larry Coyer to the slot. The Broncos also announced that Steve Watson, a defensive assistant for the past two seasons, will move up to receivers coach, filling the vacancy opened when Karl Dorrell accepted the head-coaching job at UCLA, his alma mater.

Third-Quarter Review: A Victory, and Three Bitter Defeats - - Andrew Mason
Jan. 16, 2003 - Around the bye week, the Broncos looked to make changes for the better. Gone was punter Tom Rouen and kick returner Kevin Kasper, in was long snapper/tight end Mike Leach and new punter and kickoff specialist Micah Knorr.

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