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Q&A with Secondary Coach Cory Undlin

Posted Aug 10, 2014

With the additions like T.J. Ward and Aqib Talib, Cory Undlin is leading a revamped secondary into the 2014 season.

How is working with Jack Del Rio with both the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Broncos an advantage?

“Familiarity. I was with him as a head coach and now as a coordinator. I understand what he wants, which is probably the biggest thing. I know what he expects of me and I know what he expects of the players so I do my best to do exactly what he’s asking me to do. But it’s great when you’ve been around him for so long because of the system, I know the entire defense. Since we’ve been together it hasn’t changed that much so it makes it great to be around.”

What coaching path led you to the Broncos?

“I was coaching at my alma mater, Cal Lutheran University, it’s a Division III school in California and then I took a GA job at Fresno State and then worked for Pat Hill, who was the head coach at Fresno State. Then Pat Hill introduced me to Bill Belichick, who he worked with at the Cleveland Browns. I ended up getting hired in New England. I was there for one year when we won the Super Bowl, which was Super Bowl XXXIX and then I was in Cleveland, I was there for four years, and then Jack Del Rio hired me in Jacksonville in 2009. I was with Jack there for three years and then Jack ended up getting hired by [John] Fox here and then was fortunate enough to be hired here.”

Does having one Super Bowl win under your belt make you hungrier for a second ring?

“Absolutely. It makes you more motivated. Obviously to have the opportunity to go there and win it and then be in the same situation again, obviously the result was not what we wanted. But it absolutely, once you’re there, motivates you to get back again.”

Is it a challenge preparing this secondary for the season with so many personnel changes?

“First of all, when the changes are T.J. Ward, Aqib Talib and then even the young kids that we got with [Bradley] Roby and then our two undrafted free agents, the whole group has been awesome. The guys that are already in there were already obviously good players and good guys, they know the system and then to have the opportunity to be around T.J. and Aqib who are completely professional players, they know how to work, how to study. Their communication skills are excellent. It was actually pretty easy. You have to teach them so they know what the system is. But when you have guys like that in your room and you can tell them one time and they understand how to do it, it’s very fortunate.”

How has rookie Bradley Roby developed since he was drafted?

“Roby’s doing good things, obviously that’s why we drafted him, he’s a good player. I think he’s still in the learning process at this point, trying to get completely comfortable with everything we’ve got. I would say that every day he’s been here he’s gotten better and better. That’s all you can ask from a rookie. Eliminate the mistakes and try to get him to play with technique on every snap. He is completely capable of that and if he can do that and keep going forward, he will be a big asset for not only for the defense, but this entire football team.”