After being on the job as interim head coach for about a week, Jerry Rosburg has already proven his worth to the Denver Broncos. The long-time NFL assistant coach was thrust into the interim head coaching spot after defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero declined the offer.
Rosburg immediately went to work making needed changes to the team, specifically firing offensive line coach Butch Barry and special teams coordinator Dwayne Stukes. At the podium, Rosburg spoke with purpose and wisdom.
In his first game as a head coach in the NFL, he clearly had his guys ready to go. They fought and clawed hard, holding a lead for a good while in week 17 and also enduring as much as a 10-point deficit.
Even still, the Broncos were able to get the game to within three points with a few minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, a pathetic no-call roughing the passer penalty on Chiefs’ Chris Jones turned the ball over on downs and handed the Chiefs the victory.
Still, it was abundantly clear that the Denver Broncos were ready to rock and roll on Sunday, even while enduring a slew of injuries on both sides of the ball. Frankly, I know that there is no such thing as good losses or “almost wins,” but that’s how this week 17 game felt for me.
Jerry Rosburg has coached in the NFL for about 20 years, and his experience was showing on Sunday. He is 67 years old and did retire from coaching a few years ago, but I would be over the moon if Denver was somehow able to keep him around, perhaps as the special teams coordinator, his only coaching role in the NFL before coming to Denver.
The Denver Broncos lost -- again -- to the Kansas City Chiefs, and the home team got a little help from the stripes. Courtland Sutton should be livid.
Perhaps the Broncos’ owners can pony up a pretty penny to keep Jerry Rosburg around for a couple more years.