Denver Broncos coaching tracker: New staff is nearly complete
The Denver Broncos have put together a nearly completely new coaching staff ahead of the 2023 NFL season, starting with head coach Sean Payton.
Payton has put together a staff highlighted by names he has worked with in the past and players who played as recently as this past season. On Saturday night, the team officially announced that Joe Lombardi will be the team's new offensive coordinator.
Lombardi spent a total of 12 seasons working with Payton in New Orleans, mostly as the quarterbacks coach. He was the offensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Chargers for the past two seasons and if his name sounds familiar, it should. He is the grandson of Vince Lombardi, widely regarded as the greatest coach in NFL history.
Paul Kelly will serve as assistant to the head coach and Mike Westhoff will be an assistant head coach. Westhoff has a coaching career that dates back to 1974 and he spent two seasons with Payton as the team's special teams coordinator.
***Note: This page will be updated as more coaching hires are confirmed.
Here is how the rest of the offensive staff currently looks:
Quarterbacks coach- Davis Webb: Webb was a third-round pick in 2017 and played this past season with the Buffalo Bills where he made his only career start.
Offensive Line coach- Zach Strief: A seventh-round pick of the Saints in 2006, Strief spent his entire 12-year playing career there and was a First-Team All-Pro in 2013. After his retirement, he spent the past two seasons as an assistant offensive line coach for the Saints. The Broncos still have an open position for an assistant offensive line coach.
Passing game coordinator- John Morton
Wide Receivers coach- Keary Colbert: A second-round pick in 2004 after a solid college career at USC, Colbert has been in coaching since his retirement, coaching wide receivers at the college level. Most of that was with his alma mater but he spent this past season coaching wide receivers for the Florida Gators. This will be his first professional coaching gig.
Colbert actually signed with the Broncos as a free agent in 2008 but played in just two games for the team before being traded later that season. He finished his career with 130 catches, 1,629 yards and eight touchdowns.
Tight Ends coach- Declan Doyle
Running Backs coach- Lou Ayeni
Offensive Quality Control- Logan Kilgore: Joining Kilgore will be Zach Grossi and Mateo Kambui, who will be holdovers from the previous regime.
On the defensive side of the ball, Vance Joseph is back with the team to the surprise of many. The team's former head coach will serve as the defensive coordinator, the position he held with the Arizona Cardinals since his dismissal in Denver.
Here is how the rest of the defensive staff is shaping up:
Defensive backs coach- Christian Parker: Both Parker and assistant DBs coach Ola Adams will be kept from the previous staff.
Defensive Line coach- Marcus Dixon: Dixon was the team's defensive line coach last season. He played seven seasons in the league after going undrafted out of Hampton.
Inside Linebackers coach- Greg Manusky: Manusky spent 12 seasons in the league as a player with Washintgon, Minnesota and Kansas City. He has been a coach in the NFL since 2001.
Outside Linebackers coach- Michael Wilhoite: After a seven-year playing career, mostly with the San Francisco 49ers in which he amassed nearly 300 tackles, Wilhoite joined the coaching ranks and worked with Payton from 2019-2020. He spent the past two seasons as the linebackers coach of the Chargers.
Defensive quality control- A.C. Carter
Defense/Special Projects- Mayur Chaudhari
Strength and conditioning coaches- Dan Dalrymple (head trainer) and Korey Jones: There is an open position for another assistant strength and conditioning coach.
Ben Kotwica has been hired as the team's new special teams coordinator. Kotwica played linebacker for Army from 1993-96 and was a helicopter pilot in the United States Army. He is also a veteran of the Iraq War.
His coaching career began in 2005 and the Broncos will be his fifth NFL team. He was most recently with the Minnesota Vikings.
Joining Kotwica as an assistant special teams coordinator will be the recently retired Chris Banjo.
Like Davis Webb, Banjo will be concluding his career as a player and going directly into coaching. Undrafted out of SMU in 2012, Banjo has been a special teams guy throughout his career, including three seasons where he played for Payton on the Saints from 2016-18. He also had three interceptiosn during his career, all of which came while playing in New Orleans.