ORLANDO, Fla. --Head Coach Vance Joseph shuffled the deck on the defensive staff as part of his offseason coaching changes, and the Broncos believe it will help outside linebacker Von Miller become an even more dangerous pass rusher.
Instead of having an outside linebackers coach, as the Broncos did the last three seasons, Joseph will have Linebackers Coach Reggie Herring work with the strong-side outside linebackers, a group that is led by Shane Ray and Shaquil Barrett, who is a restricted free agent.
Defensive Line Coach Bill Kollar will handle the weak-side outside linebackers, including Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller.
"To have Von Miller with Bill Kollar is going to be a good thing for us because now we can get him more rushes [in practice]. That's the point behind it," Joseph said. "We're trying to streamline our staff a little bit. You want your best rusher to be really focused on rushing every day and not so much on dropping [back into coverage]."
Kollar worked with edge-rushing outside linebackers when the Broncos' staff coached at the Senior Bowl in January, so Joseph has already had a glimpse into how the new arrangement will work. Rutgers outside linebacker Kemoko Turay, who had a solid week at the Combine, praised Kollar's intensity and attention to detail after working with him.
"I think Von is also excited," Joseph said. "Kollar can be a hard-nosed coach, but his guys perform. I think Von wants that. Von wants to be pushed. He wants to be great.
"I'm excited to watch Coach Kollar and Von work together every day because third downs he's with Coach Kollar anyway. It's going to be an everyday relationship now. It will be fun to watch those fireworks."
Assistant Defensive Line Coach Chris Beake will stride both areas, helping Kollar and Herring.
"[He's] not really a pass-rush coach, but he's going to help Coach Kollar with the drops of the 'Will' [weak-side] 'backer and also help on sub downs with being a go-between with Reggie and Coach Kollar," Joseph said.