Posted Wed Jan 19th by Jon Heath
On Sunday, it was reported that former Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott was in contract talks with the Denver Broncos. He then signed with the Carolina Panthers.
Then on Monday, Green Bay’s Mike Trgovac and former NFL Head Coach Jim Mora were thrust into the conversation. The Packers Defensive line coach, Trgovac, will not be available for an interview until next week at the earliest, as his team is preparing for the NFC Championship game.
Tuesday night Vice President of Football Operations John Elway tweeted this:
The entire staff would include an defensive coordinator, so is Elway saying that the team will have signed a new one by then, or is the team perhaps considering keep current DC Don Martindale?
If the team was serious about signing Mora, Trgovac or someone else, wouldn’t they have already fired Martindale? He is still under contract and it has only been speculated that he’ll be fired; the Broncos have said nothing of it.
Although the Broncos defense had one of its worst seasons ever, many players have stuck up for Martindale, including cornerback Champ Bailey, “Wink has been great to me. If I do stay here, I wish Wink could, too.”
There were many factors that contributed to the Broncos defensive collapse this season, having a fifth DC in a five year span was probably one of them. “I want stability. I want a consistent guy on top,” said Bailey. “I wish we’d stay consistent with what we have, but that’s just the way this game is.”
A plague of injuries was also a factor, Martindale was forced to start 20 players and use 14 different starting lineups. Though he hopes to get another shot, ‘Wink’ knows he has no power over the situation. “Hopefully I’m here next season, and we get another shot at this, like I’ve said before, but really, it’s out of my control.”
Martindale: Broncos Future ‘Out of My Control’ [MaxDenver]