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On Tuesday, ESPN‘s Adam Schefter reported that the Broncos had fired defensive backs coach Ron Milus, due in part to the secondary’s meltdown in Denver’s 38-35 double overtime loss to Baltimore in the divisional round of the playoffs. After further digging, it turns out Milus “clashed” with members of the secondary and was not going to be brought back in 2013, regardless of Saturday’s outcome.
To replace Milus, the Broncos promoted defensive quality control coach Cory Undlin as the new secondary coach, the team announced on Tuesday evening. At least one member of Denver’s secondary, second-year cornerback Chris Harris, approved of the signing:
“@sports_glory: @chrisharrisjr what do you think of Cory Undlin as the defensive backs coach? he’s real cool , I’m on board with that .
— Chris Harris (@ChrisHarrisJr) January 16, 2013
“Cory Undlin is an experienced defensive backs coach who has great familiarity with that role as well as our players and concepts,” coach John Fox said in a press release sent out by the team. “He has coached the position with multiple NFL teams, including under Jack Del Rio with the Jaguars. I am confident he will be a great fit and get the most out of our secondary.
As for Milus, Fox added, “I appreciate all of Ron Milus’ hard work and wish him the best.”
In other news, the Broncos signed Ben Garland, Duke Ihenacho, Paul Cornick, Quentin Saulsberry, and Jeremiah Johnson to future contracts on Tuesday, guareenting that the one-time practice squad players will be invited to training camp next summer.