Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Schefter: Coach fired after Moore gaffe
By Bill Williamson
There are usually ramifications to all-time postseason blunders and this is no exception. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Denver Broncos have fired secondary coach Ron Milus.
His firing comes three days after second-year safety Rahim Moore was out of place and allowed Jacoby Jones to get behind him on a desperation 70-yard bomb from Joe Flacco that tied the game. Baltimore would eventually win in double overtime.
UPDATE: The Broncos have acted quickly to replace Milus, whose contract was not renewed. Cory Undlin replaces him. He was with defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio in Jacksonville. Team maintains the Milus firing was not all on Moore.
Countless former NFL players have said that they’ve never seen a safety so out of position like Moore was on that play. Moore, a second-round pick in 2011, made strides in 2012 and the team is not going to give up on him.
So, Milus is paying for not putting his player in position. Is Milus’ firing all about that one play? Perhaps not, but the timing is curious. Plus, He was brought to Denver by head coach John Fox in 2011 after coaching three years for him in Carolina. At the very least, the Moore play was a major part of Milus’ firing.
Denver’s secondary, overall, had a good season in 2012. But the Moore play will forever be remembered for costing Denver the Baltimore game and ramifications were bound to concur.
In other AFC West news:
- Denver left tackle Ryan Clady has withdrawn from the Pro Bowl because of a shoulder injury. It is not expected to affect him in 2013.
- New San Diego coach Mike McCoy coached both San Diego tight end Dante Rosario and receiver/returner Eddie Royal in Denver, so he has some instant familiarity.
- As expected, New Kansas City coach Andy Reid hired former Chicago special teams coach Dave Toub for the same job. Toub is considered one of the best special teams in the NFL. Toub worked for Reid in Philadelphia earlier last decade.
- Also, former Kansas City defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs was retained as linebacker coach and Emmitt Thomas has been kept as the secondary coach. Reid has brought in Eugene Chung as the assistant offensive line coach. He was in the same role on Reid’s Eagles’ staff last season.