Broncos, Slowik make it official

The Denver Broncos on Tuesday officially hired Bob Slowik as their defensive backs coach.<p>

Slowik was the Packers' defensive coordinator last season, but was demoted after the Packers finished 25th in the National Football League in overall defense. Green Bay hired former Miami Dolphins interim coach Jim Bates to be defensive coordinator on Jan. 24. Slowik reportedly jumped at the chance to talk to the Broncos on Tuesday of last week.

Jimmy Spencer, who took over the role when secondary coach David Gibbs was fired in November, will assist Slowik.

Slowik, who was on Charlie Pell's staff at Florida with Shanahan from 1980 to 1982, broke into coaching as a defensive backs coach. He was a finalist for the Broncos' defensive coordinator job when Ray Rhodes was hired for the position in 2001.

Slowik, 50, coached Green Bay's defensive backs from 2000-03. He also was the Packers' assistant head coach from 2002-03, and has 13 years of NFL coaching experience - eight as a defensive coordinator.

Slowik was a top candidate to coach Green Bay's secondary. Coach Mike Sherman fired Kurt Schottenheimer after the season. The coaching position remains open. The Packers also are seeking a wide receivers coach and a defensive line coach.


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