Posted January 16, 2013

Denver Broncos let go of defensive backs coach Ron Milus

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Three days after a defensive back’s gaffe cost them a playoff game, the Broncos have opted not to renew the contract of defensive backs coach Ron Milus, according to the Denver Post.

Milus coached the last two seasons in Denver, where he also served as the team’s secondary coach from 2000-03. He has also spent time with the Panthers, Rams, Giants and Cardinals.

The Broncos allowed the third fewest passing yards per game (199.2) during the regular season, gave up 25 touchdowns passes and made 16 interceptions. They were burned by quarterback Joe Flacco for 331 yards and three touchdowns during Saturday’s divisional-round loss to the Baltimore Ravens, including a 70-yard, game-tying touchdown pass with 30 seconds left on which safety Rahim Moore misplayed the ball.

Offensive coordinator Mike McCoy also left the Denver coaching staff on Tuesday, reaching a deal to become the head coach of the San Diego Chargers.

The Post‘s Jeff Legwold initially reported that Milus had been fired, but Mike Klis clarified that the team had simply not renewed his expiring contract. The coach “clashed” with a few defensive backs during his tenure and the move had been “in the works for a while,” according to the Post.

The team hired quality control defensive assistant Cory Undlin to replace Milus. Head coach John Fox told the Post, “This wasn’t about one play or one game.”

“It was about the best fit for our secondary and defense as we moved forward. Cory’s a bright, experienced coach who has learned from some great defensive minds. He’s worked with Jack in the past as his defensive backs coach, and he knows our players very well.”


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