Report: Martindale top pick for Denver DC

January, 23, 2010
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The Denver Post is reporting that Broncos linebackers coach Don Martindale appears to be the front-runner to become the team’s defensive coordinator.

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This development would be a bit surprising since the early leader in the clubhouse for the position was former New England defensive coordinator Dean Pees. Pees recently said he will allow his contract to run out to pursue another position.

A position popped up Monday when the Broncos and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan stunningly decided to part ways. Nolan quickly became the defensive coordinator in Miami.

Pees and Denver coach Josh McDaniels were coordinators in New England together and they are friends. Pees seemed like a natural fit to replace Nolan.

Thus, a Martindale promotion would be somewhat unexpected. Still, McDaniels and Martindale worked well together in 2008, so perhaps there is a comfort level there. It will be interesting to see if this move becomes official.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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