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Shanahan fires defensive coordinator Coyer

Updated: January 10, 2007, 1:19 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

The collapse of his unit over the second half of the season has cost Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Larry Coyer his job, as the veteran assistant was informed Tuesday morning by head coach Mike Shanahan that he will not return to the team in 2007.

Coyer, 62, served the past four seasons as the Broncos' defensive coordinator and coached the linebackers in Denver for three seasons before that.

"I have the highest regard for him [Mike Shanahan] and have no choice but to accept his ...

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