Denver Broncos interim coach Jerry Rosberg has already worked hard in his first week as headman.
Rosberg, who was brought in to assist Nathaniel Hackett in game management earlier this year, was promoted to interim head coach for the final two games of the season after Hackett was fired on Monday.
Rosberg’s ffirst order? Fire two coaches to spearhead the change.
Rosberg fired special teams coordinator Dwayne Stokes and offensive line coach Butch Barry. When it comes to special teams, stats may justify firing.Broncos ranked 32nd place kick return average 30 days Broncos kicker Brandon McManus has struggled this season with a field goal percentage of 76.5%.
The offensive line isn’t doing so well, allowing 57 sacks this season. We can identify some of the issues with Russell Wilson having too much possession of the ball at times. But 57 sacks is a good number, so Rosberg made a move.
Rosberg explained why he was making the move now rather than waiting until the end of the season.
“We had to make changes. The staff changes we made were my decisions,” Rosberg said Wednesday. I have been a special teams coach for many years. we weren’t good enough. In one of the metrics I follow, we were 32nd in the league. If I’m not mistaken, there are 32 teams in this league. So it had to change.
“The only way to change it was for me to insert myself in the middle of it. Just did it this morning…. [W]We’re making these changes for this team so we can win two football games.
Rosberg then elaborated on the firing of the offensive line.
“As far as Butch goes, I have a lot of respect for Butch — love — he’s a good guy and a really great coach. I wanted to make a high-impact move in. I needed to improve there to help with all aspects of it.
“I made that decision. I take full responsibility for it. I’ve spoken with Butch, I’ve spoken with the players. From this point on, it’s something we move forward from. That’s the National Football League. We are trying to win.”
With the season almost over, the Broncos have a chance to show off their new leadership against the Kansas City Chiefs on New Year’s Day.
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