Glazer: D-coordinator parts ways with Broncos

On a day when a shocking candidate emerged in Buffalo, a move just

as shocking has occurred across the country in Denver.

Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator

Mike Nolan have “mutually decided” to part ways. was the first to report this.

The Broncos defense was 29th the year before McDaniels and

Nolan arrived in Denver. Under Nolan’s coaching, the unit

shot all the way up and finished 7th. However, for most of the

season the Denver defense was actually ranked in the top 3 of most

defensive categories.

It’s unknown why the two decided to part ways but Nolan

now becomes the hottest defensive coaching candidate on the open

market. Teams that need coordinators include the Dolphins, Bills

and Bears.

Nolan is the third member of coach McDaniels’ staff to depart

following a 8-8 finish. Offensive line coach Rick Dennison left for

Houston and longtime running backs coach Bobby Turner was reunited

with former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan in Washington. Both

Dennison and Turner were holdovers from the Shanahan era.

“I have great respect for Mike and wish him success in the

future,” McDaniels said in a statement released Monday by the team.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.