The Broncos have solidified their offensive coaching staff for 2010, according to a team source.
The Broncos hired Clarence Barone to coach the offensive line, and Bob Wylie is the assistant O-line coach. Bob Ligashesky is the tight ends coach, Eric Studesville is the running backs coach, and Ben McDaniels will coach the team’s quarterbacks. Mike McCoy, who also coached the QBs in 2009, remains the offensive coordinator.
Barone was on staff in 2009 and moved from tutoring tight ends to the O-line, where he previously coached with the Falcons. Ben McDaniels, younger brother of head coach Josh McDaniels, was on Denver’s staff in 2009 as an offensive assistant.
The Broncos are still looking for a defensive coordinator, and former Patriots assistant Dean Pees is an early favorite. But Pees, who was with Josh McDaniels in New England, has other options. If the Broncos end up promoting from within — which wasn’t their original expectation — linebackers coach Don Martindale is a favorite.
Also, contrary to a published report, McDaniels and former defensive coordinator Mike Nolan — now with the Dolphins — didn’t clash over how much the team should be blitzing, and the Broncos have no trepidation about continuing to run an aggressive scheme.
UPDATE: The Broncos confirmed these coaching hires and moves later Saturday.