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2015 Denver Broncos season

2015 Denver Broncos season
Head coach Gary Kubiak
General manager John Elway
Owner The Pat Bowlen Trust
Home field Sports Authority Field at Mile High
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The 2015 Denver Broncos season will be the franchise's upcoming 46th season in the National Football League, the 56th overall and the fourth season with Peyton Manning as the team's starting quarterback.[1]

Following their loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the divisional round of the 2014 playoffs, the Broncos' off-season has been marked by numerous coaching changes, including a mutual parting with head coach John Fox, and the hiring of Gary Kubiak as the new head coach.

Coaching changes

Departures

On January 12, 2015, one day after the Broncos' loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the Divisional round of the 2014 playoffs, the Broncos and head coach John Fox decided to mutually part ways. Fox compiled a 49–22 record in four seasons (including the playoffs), led the Broncos to four consecutive AFC West division titles, a first-round bye in three consecutive seasons as well as a berth in Super Bowl XLVIII, but lost in the Divisional round of the playoffs in three of his four seasons as head coach.[2] Fox departed with a .719 winning percentage in his four seasons as head coach — the highest in franchise history.[3] Four days later (January 16), Fox was hired as the new head coach of the Chicago Bears.[4]

The following former Broncos' coaching assistants from 2014 were reunited with John Fox in Chicago: Defensive backs coach Sam Garnes, special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers,[5] defensive line coach Jay Rodgers,[6] offensive coordinator Adam Gase,[7] offensive line coach Dave Magazu, assistant special teams coordinator Derius Swinton II,[8] assistant strength & conditioning coach Jason George[9] and offensive quality control coach Bo Hardegree.[10]

Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio was hired as the new head coach of the Oakland Raiders,[11] defensive backs coach Cory Undlin was hired to the same position with the Philadelphia Eagles[12] and linebackers coach Richard Smith was hired to a senior defensive position with the Atlanta Falcons.[13]

Additions

On January 18, the Broncos finalized a deal that made Gary Kubiak the team's new head coach, and he was formally introduced at a press conference at the team's Dove Valley headquarters on January 20. Kubiak served as a backup quarterback to Broncos' executive vice president/general manager John Elway from 1983–91, and also served as the Broncos' offensive coordinator from 1995–2005, before serving as the Houston Texans' head coach from 2006–13. Kubiak served as the Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator in 2014.[14]

The following seven coaching assistants were reunited with Gary Kubiak:

  • Rick Dennison was hired as the offensive coordinator. Dennison was a Broncos' linebacker from 1982–90, served as a Broncos' coaching assistant from 1995–2009, the Texans' offensive coordinator from 2010–13 and the Ravens' quarterbacks coach in 2014.[5]
  • Wade Phillips was hired as the defensive coordinator. Phillips served in the same capacity with the Texans from 2011–13. Phillips previously served as the Broncos' defensive coordinator from 1989–92 as well as the Broncos' head coach from 1993–94.[15]
  • Brian Pariani was hired as the tight ends coach. Pariani previously served as the Broncos' tight ends coach from 1995–2004, and served in the same capacity with the Texans from 2006–13 and with the Ravens in 2014.[5]
  • Bill Kollar was hired as the defensive line coach. Kollar served in the same capacity with the Texans from 2009–14.[16]
  • Reggie Herring was hired as the linebackers coach. Herring served in the same capacity with the Texans from 2011–13 and with the Chicago Bears in 2014.[13]
  • Tony Coaxum was hired as an assistant special teams coordinator. He served as a special teams coaching intern with the Ravens in 2014.[17]
  • Marc Lubick was hired as the assistant wide receivers coach. He served as a Texans' offensive coaching assistant from 2010–13 as well as a wide receivers coach at Vanderbilt University in 2014.[18]

Joe DeCamillis was hired as the special teams coordinator. DeCamillis, a Denver native, previously worked in the same capacity on Dan Reeves' staff with the Broncos from 1988–92, and most recently served as the Bears' special teams coordinator/assistant head coach from 2013–14. Clancy Barone, who had served as the Broncos' tight ends coach since 2011, was moved to the offensive line coach position that he held in 2010.[19] Joe Woods was hired as the defensive backs coach. Woods served in the same capacity with the Oakland Raiders in 2014.[15] Fred Pagac was hired as the team's outside linebackers coach. He served as the Buffalo Bills' linebackers coach in 2014.[17] Samson Brown was hired as the team's assistant defensive backs coach. Like Pagac, Brown also served on the Bills' staff in 2014.[18]

Front office changes

  • February 27: Jerry Butler, who served as the team's director of player development since 2011, was hired to the same position with the Chicago Bears. The Broncos declined to renew his contract following the 2014 season.[20]
  • May 14: Anthony Kelly was hired by the Chicago Bears to become their new director of pro personnel. Kelly was promoted to the Broncos' assistant director of pro personnel position in 2010. He will now head that department for the Bears, along with nine coaches who were with the Broncos in 2014.[21]

Roster changes

Free agents

Position Player Tag 2015 Team Notes
LS Aaron Brewer RFA Denver Broncos re-signed March 5[22]
S Quinton Carter UFA TBD
CB Tony Carter RFA Denver Broncos assigned tender on March 9,[23] re-signed April 27[24]
OT Paul Cornick ERFA TBD assigned tender on March 6,[25] waived May 4[26]
G Orlando Franklin UFA San Diego Chargers signed with the Chargers on March 10[27]
G Ben Garland ERFA TBD assigned tender on March 6[25]
TE Virgil Green UFA Denver Broncos re-signed March 10[28]
LB Nate Irving UFA Indianapolis Colts signed with the Colts on March 20[29]
LB Steven Johnson UFA Denver Broncos originally an RFA, re-signed March 10[30]
DT Terrance Knighton UFA Washington Redskins signed with the Redskins on March 12[31]
LB Brandon Marshall ERFA Denver Broncos assigned tender on March 6,[25] re-signed April 13[32]
C Will Montgomery UFA Chicago Bears signed with the Bears on April 2[33]
S Rahim Moore UFA Houston Texans signed with the Texans on March 12[34]
TE Jacob Tamme UFA Atlanta Falcons signed with the Falcons on March 19[35]
WR Demaryius Thomas FT TBD assigned franchise tag on March 2[36]
TE Julius Thomas UFA Jacksonville Jaguars signed with the Jaguars on March 10[27]
DT Mitch Unrein UFA San Diego Chargers signed with the Chargers on March 18[37]
WR/RS Wes Welker UFA TBD

Signings

Position Player 2014 Team Notes
TE/FB James Casey Philadelphia Eagles signed April 11[38]
TE Owen Daniels Baltimore Ravens signed March 10[39]
TE/FB Joe Don Duncan None signed March 10[40]
OT Ryan Harris Kansas City Chiefs signed May 28[41]
TE Marcel Jensen Jacksonville Jaguars signed May 12[42]
P Karl Schmitz None signed March 12[31]
DE Antonio Smith Oakland Raiders signed April 2[43]
WR Solomon Patton Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Arizona Cardinals
signed May 12[42]
G Shelley Smith Miami Dolphins signed March 13[44]
S Darian Stewart Baltimore Ravens signed March 13[45]
LB Reggie Walker San Diego Chargers signed March 19[46]
DE Vance Walker Kansas City Chiefs signed March 12[47]
Indicates that the player was a free agent at the end of his respective team's 2014 season.

Departures

Position Player Notes
DE Quanterus Smith waived April 28[48]

Trades

On April 1, the Broncos acquired center/guard Gino Gradkowski in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens that will involve 2016 draft-pick considerations.[49]

Draft

Main article: 2015 NFL draft
2015 Denver Broncos Draft
Round Selection Player Position College Notes
1 23 Shane Ray LB Missouri signed June 1[50]
2 59 Ty Sambrailo OT Colorado State signed May 15[51]
3 92 Jeff Heuerman TE Ohio State injured during rookie minicamp[52]
4 133 Max Garcia C Florida signed May 13[53]
5 164 Lorenzo Doss CB Tulane signed May 14[54]
6 203 Darius Kilgo NT Maryland signed May 13[53]
7 250 Trevor Siemian QB Northwestern signed May 15[51]
251 Taurean Nixon CB Tulane signed May 15[51]
252 Josh Furman S Oklahoma State signed May 15[51]
Compensatory selection[55]
Draft trades
  • The Broncos traded their original first-round selection (No. 28 overall), one of their two fifth-round selections (No. 143 overall — previously acquired as part of a trade with the Chicago Bears during the 2014 draft[56]), a 2016 fifth-round selection and guard/center Manny Ramirez to the Detroit Lions in exchange for the Lions' first-round selection (No. 23 overall).[57]
  • The Broncos traded their original fourth-round selection (No. 126 overall), along with their 2014 second- and fifth-round selections to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for the 49ers' 2014 second- and seventh-round selections.[58]
  • The Broncos traded their original seventh-round selection (No. 245 overall) to the New York Giants in exchange for placekicker Brandon McManus.[59]

Undrafted free agents

All undrafted free agents were signed after the 2015 NFL draft concluded on May 2,[60] unless noted otherwise.

Position Player College Notes
LB Zaire Anderson Nebraska
G Andre Davis Buffalo signed May 12[42]
C Dillon Day Mississippi State
WR Matt Miller Boise State waived May 11[61]
NT Chuka Ndulue Oklahoma
WR David Porter Texas Christian signed May 12[42]
OT Connor Rains Wyoming
OT Kyle Roberts Nevada
WR Jordan Taylor Rice
DE Josh Watson Clemson

Injuries

Staff

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Current roster

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Schedule

Preseason

The Broncos' preliminary preseason schedule was announced on April 9.[62] Exact dates and times were finalized on April 21.[63]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Result Record Game site TV NFL.com
recap
1 August 14 8:00 p.m. MDT at Seattle Seahawks CenturyLink Field KTVD
2 August 22 6:00 p.m. MDT at Houston Texans NRG Stadium KTVD
3 August 29 7:00 p.m. MDT San Francisco 49ers Sports Authority Field at Mile High KTVD
4 September 3 7:00 p.m. MDT Arizona Cardinals Sports Authority Field at Mile High KTVD

Regular season

The Broncos' 2015 schedule was announced on April 21.[64]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Result Record Game site TV NFL.com
recap
1 September 13 2:25 p.m. MDT Baltimore Ravens Sports Authority Field at Mile High CBS
2 September 17 6:25 p.m. MDT at Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium CBS/NFLN
3 September 27 6:30 p.m. MDT at Detroit Lions Ford Field NBC
4 October 4 2:25 p.m. MDT Minnesota Vikings Sports Authority Field at Mile High Fox
5 October 11 2:25 p.m. MDT at Oakland Raiders O.co Coliseum CBS
6 October 18 11:00 a.m. MDT at Cleveland Browns FirstEnergy Stadium CBS
7 Bye
8 November 1 6:30 p.m. MST Green Bay Packers Sports Authority Field at Mile High NBC
9 November 8 2:25 p.m. MST at Indianapolis Colts Lucas Oil Stadium CBS
10 November 15 2:25 p.m. MST Kansas City Chiefs Sports Authority Field at Mile High CBS
11 November 22 11:00 a.m. MST at Chicago Bears Soldier Field CBS
12 November 29 6:30 p.m. MST New England Patriots Sports Authority Field at Mile High NBC
13 December 6 2:05 p.m. MST at San Diego Chargers Qualcomm Stadium CBS
14 December 13 2:05 p.m. MST Oakland Raiders Sports Authority Field at Mile High CBS
15 December 20 2:25 p.m. MST at Pittsburgh Steelers Heinz Field CBS
16 December 28 6:30 p.m. MST Cincinnati Bengals Sports Authority Field at Mile High ESPN
17 January 3 2:25 p.m. MST San Diego Chargers Sports Authority Field at Mile High CBS
Notes
  • Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
  • Networks and times for Sunday games from Weeks 5–17 are subject to change as a result of flexible scheduling.

Other news and notes

  • On March 4, quarterback Peyton Manning agreed to a restructured contract that will pay him $15 million for the 2015 season. Under the original contract that Manning signed in 2012, Manning had been slated to earn $19 million in 2015, and can earn back the $4 million through incentives.[1]
  • As the result of a negative differential of free agent signings and departures that the Broncos experienced during the 2015 free agency period, the team is expected to receive up to three compensatory selections for the 2016 draft.[67] Free agent transactions that occur after May 12, 2015 will not impact the team's formula for determining compensatory selections for the 2016 draft.[68]

Milestone watch

  • The Broncos tied an NFL record for consecutive divisional road wins in 2014, with the team winning their last 12 divisional road games dating back to 2011.[69] The Broncos can set a new NFL record if they defeat the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Week 2.

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