Posted Tue Jan 19th by Monty
The search for the replacement for defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, who abruptly left the team to join the Miami Dolphins this week, finds the Denver Broncos looking at one of their own.
Per Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post, the Broncos are considering linebackers coach Don Martindale. Martindale, 46, joined the Broncos in 2009 after spending the previous five years as linebackers coach of the Oakland Raiders.
“Martindale would be great,” Broncos linebacker Andra Davis told KDVR’s Josina Anderson Monday. “When it’s your position coach, you know them a lot more from being around them. Your relationship is more personal. The way he had us prepare, coach Wink (Martindale’s nickname) definitely knew his X’s and O’s.
“Hands down, Wink is one of the best coaches I have worked with.”
Martindale had been considered a candidate for different defensive coordinator positions across the NFL for a few years now. In fact, at one point in early 2009, Martindale received serious consideration from Raiders owner Al Davis to become his new head coach in lieu of then-interim Tom Cable. Cable ultimately got the job, and Martindale, whose coaching contract was up in Oakland, elected to join Josh McDaniels in Denver a few weeks later.
Legwold notes that, while Martindale is the first in-house candidate to draw reported interested, most consider New England Patriots defensive coordinator Dean Pees the frontrunner. Pees’ contract with the Patriots is set to expire at the end of the month.
Whomever takes over the defense, Broncos players voiced their hope that the new coordinator appreciates the steps the Broncos took in 2009, and doesn’t hinder their progress in 2010 by overhauling the system again.
“Hopefully we run a similar scheme,” Davis said. “If everything changes we have to start from scratch.”
No one seems to be enamored with Dean Pees (save Josh McDaniels, that is), and while I have yet to do my due diligence on the former Pat, I’m glad to see another coach get a shot at this. ESPN’s report on Martindale’s near-hire in Oakland last year described him as “something of a hot commodity” in the league, stating that the Broncos, Jets and Ravens were all expected to make him coaching offers should he become available. Let’s see if these reports have teeth.
Broncos consider Martindale for coordinator [Denver Post]
Denver Broncos Players React to Mike Nolan’s Departure [FOX 31]
Teammates Tuned In [DenverBroncos.com]
Don Martindale profile [DenverBroncos.com]