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Posted Jan 17, 2011

On Monday, Head Coach John Fox named eight assistants who will be a part of his 2011 staff, including Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Three days after Denver Broncos Head Coach John Fox stressed the importance of assembling a quality group of assistant coaches in his introductory press conference, that staff is beginning to take shape.

Fox announced eight members of his coaching staff for next season on Monday. The list features six coaches who were with the Broncos last season, including Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy -- who returns for his third season in the position in 2011.

Clancy Barone (Tight Ends), Brian Callahan (Offensive Quality Control), Wayne Nunnely (Defensive Line), Jay Rodgers (Defensive Quality Control) and Eric Studesville (Running Backs) are the others who have accepted roles on Fox's staff.

The two new arrivals, Offensive Line Coach Dave Magazu and Wide Receivers Coach Tyke Tolbert, were both assistants under Fox in Carolina.

As Fox finalizes the staff, the team will make additional announcements.

Here is a closer look at each assistant:

Mike McCoy (Offensive Coordinator)

McCoy worked under Fox for seven seasons in a variety of offensive roles in Carolina before joining the Broncos in 2009. He assumed primary playcalling duties for the first time in his career down the stretch last season, leading Denver to an average of 22 points per game in four contests.

Entering his 12th NFL season, McCoy has overseen six 3,000-yard passing seasons from his quarterbacks, including four from Carolina's Jake Delhomme and two from Kyle Orton. In 2010, Orton ranked fourth in the NFL with 281 passing yards per game, and Tim Tebow, who started the team's final three games, recorded the highest passer rating (82.1) of the NFL’s eight rookie starting quarterbacks.

Clancy Barone (Tight Ends)

After a year coaching the Broncos' offensive line, Barone returns to coaching tight ends, the position group he directed in five of his first six NFL seasons.

Barone, who enters his third season with Denver, coached two tight ends (Antonio Gates, Alge Crumpler) to four Pro Bowl selections during the five seasons he has coached that position in stints with the Falcons, Chargers and Broncos.

Brian Callahan (Offensive Quality Control)

Callahan returns for his second NFL season again working with the Broncos offense. He worked as an offensive coaching assistant for the Broncos in 2010 and helped coach the running backs for the team’s final four games after Eric Studesville took over head coaching duties.

Dave Magazu (Offensive Line)

Magazu joins the Broncos after spending his first eight NFL seasons as a member of Fox's staff in Carolina. That time included four seasons working with the team's tight ends and the last four coaching its offensive line.

In 2009, Magazu led an offensive line that paved the way for Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams to become the first teammates in league history to each rush for more than 1,100 yards in the same season.

Wayne Nunnely (Defensive Line)

Nunnely returns for his third season as the Broncos defensive line coach in his 17th NFL season.

In stints with New Orleans, San Diego and Denver, Nunnely's lines have consistently ranked among the NFL's best. Since breaking into the league with the Saints in 1995, his teams have ranked among the league’s top seven clubs in rushing yards per game allowed seven times.

Jay Rogers (Defensive Quality Control)

Rodgers, a defensive coaching assistant with the club the last two seasons, will continue to help the team's defense in 2011.

During his first season with the Broncos in 2009, Rodgers, who also has nine seasons of college coaching experience, was part of a defensive staff that helped the club rank seventh in total defense.

Eric Studesville (Running Backs)

Studesville, who served as the team's interim head coach for the final four games in 2010, will return as the team's running backs coach in 2011.

Studesville, who has also coached running backs for the Bills and New York Giants, has guided four players to a total of seven 1,000-yard rushing seasons. In those 10 seasons as running backs coach, he also helped produce 34 individual 100-yard rushing efforts, including a pair by Knowshon Moreno in 2010. In his first season in Denver, the Broncos’ running game registered a league-best 1.8 yards-per-carry improvement during the second half of the season.

Tyke Tolbert (Wide Receivers)

Tolbert joined Fox's Carolina staff in 2010 and comes to Denver for his ninth season as an NFL wide receivers coach.

Tolbert has earned a reputation of helping young receivers produce right away.

In 2003, Arizona's Anquan Boldin earned Offensive Rookie of the Year honors and a Pro Bowl berth, while setting a NFL-rookie record with 101 catches for 1,377 yards -— the second most by a rookie in league history. A year later, he helped Buffalo's Lee Evans lead all NFL rookies with nine touchdown receptions and a 17.6-yard average per catch.

In Tolbert's lone season in Carolina, rookie wide receiver David Gettis -- a 6th round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft -- proved one of the team's most pleasant surprises with 37 catches for 508 yards and a team-leading three touchdown catches.