Shuffled in the back papers of Friday’s happenings in Broncos news, the team announced the hire of new head strength and conditioning coach Luke Richesson.
The big news of the day of course was Jack Del Rio finding a spot in Denver as defensive coordinator, but Richesson’s new position is fuel that makes the machine run.
Just a handful of candidates interviewed to be the Broncos strength and conditioning coach, but Richesson made the biggest impression. Richesson played college football in Kansas and he was the Jacksonville Jaguars’ conditioning coach. He is known for implementing MMA workouts into his players’ offseason workouts.
The Broncos released longtime conditioning coach Rich Tuten after the team has started strong and finished poorly for nearly a decade.
• In 2011, the Broncos were 8-5. They finished 8-8.
• They were 6-0 in 2009 and then 8-4. The Broncos lost eight of their last 10, including the final four.
• They were 3-0 in 2008 and then 8-5 with a three-game division lead and three games to go. They finished 8-8 and out of the playoffs.
• The Broncos were 2-0 in 2007 and then 5-5. They went out 2-4.
• They were 7-2 in 2006, only to go 2-5 down the stretch.
• In 2004, the Broncos started 5-1. They wound up 10-6 and got creamed by Indianapolis in the first round of the playoffs.
• In 2003, they started 4-0. They wound up 10-6 and got smoked by Indy in the first round of the playoffs.
• In 2002, the Broncos started 3-0 and 6-2. They went 3-5 in the second half and missed the playoffs.
• In 2001, they started 2-0 and finished 8-8. – MIke Klis (Denver Post)
Loren Landow, the director of sports performance for the Steadman Hawkins clinic, was also interviewewd for the job. He led workouts last summer during the lockout and he works with key Broncos players one-on-one every week.