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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Broncos add Swinton as assistant coach

By Bill Williamson

The Denver Broncos replaced a longtime employee with a promising young coach.

The Broncos announced Wednesday morning that they hired Derius Swinton as assistant special-teams coach. He replaces Keith Burns, who was hired as Washington’s special-teams coach Monday. Burns spent 17 years with the Broncos as a player and coach. He reunited with his former head coach, Mike Shanahan, with the Redskins.

Swinton, 27, was a quality control coach in Kansas City last season, and he worked three seasons with the Rams. He will assist Jeff Rodgers, who is considered one of the best special-teams coaches in the league.

In quickly hiring Swinton, Denver coach John Fox continued his trend of not wasting time when replacing coaches who have gotten promotions or been fired. In his two offseasons, Fox has hired every new coach in a matter of days. That helps keep staff continuity.

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