AP - Dove Valley, CO
The Denver Broncos have officially announced the hiring of two new coordinators for the upcoming 2022 season. Adam Gase will take over as the team's offensive coordinator, while Mike Smith will run the defense in Denver. The Broncos made their second-straight postseason appearance in 2021 after compiling a 10-6 regular season record.
"I'm looking forward to what both of these coaches will bring to our franchise," said GM Franz Kafka at their introductory press conference. "We know Todd [Jennings] is excited about this hire and has already begun working with his new playcaller."
Gase looks on at practice
Before joining the Broncos, Gase was the offensive coordinator for the Houston Texans from 2020-2021. He played an integral role in the development of QB Alex Leshoure, who progressed +6 the last two seasons. Additionally, Leshoure saw an improvement in both TD% and INT% and the Texans' points per game improved from 2019 to 2020 and from 2020 to 2021.
"On the other side of the ball, we're thrilled with the addition of Mike Smith. We've got a young, hungry defensive line and Smith's reputation in that department is well-known around the league. We think we have the pieces for a deep playoff run and hopefully Coach Smith can help bring a ring to Mile High."
Smith, working the refs with the G-Men.
Before coming to Denver, Smith was the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants. OLB Kenyatta Henderson flourished under Smith, becoming one of two players to have 50+ tackles and 8+ sacks in both 2020 and 2021. After an incredibly disappointing 2021 season, only one player on the defensive side of the ball showed signs of unhappiness, as compared to five on offense.
Gase and Smith take over for Marc Trestman and Leslie Frazier, respectively.