The Broncos have announced the hiring of two more assistant coaches for head coach John Fox's staff, appointing Jeff Rodgers as special-teams coordinator and Adam Gase as quarterbacks coach.
Rodgers, who is entering his eighth NFL season, worked for Fox in Carolina for two years, including serving as the Panthers' special teams coach in 2010. Under Rodgers in 2010, the Panthers' special-team units posted improvements in nearly every statistical category from the previous season. He also spent five seasons coaching special teams with the 49ers (2003-07) before a one-year post as special-teams coordinator at Kansas State in ’08. His older brother, Jay, is entering his third season on the Broncos' coaching staff and will serve as a defensive quality-control coach in 2011.
Gase, who enters his seventh NFL season and third with the Broncos, will coach the quarterbacks after two years instructing the team's wide receivers. He came to Denver after one season as an offensive assistant at San Francisco. He spent his first three NFL seasons with the Lions, including a year as the team's quarterbacks coach in 2007, helping Jon Kitna total the sixth-most passing yards (4,068) in the NFL.