ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos have hired Mitch Tanney as director of football analytics, Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway announced on Friday.
In an interview with ESPN.com's Jeff Legwold earlier this year, Elway said he wanted to embrace the analytical side more: "I'm a numbers guy. [...] I would say we understand it can be a tool and we're trying to develop what it will be and what it will do for us."
In Tanney's role with the team's newly created position, he will be responsible for developing methods to analyze data that supports evaluations and situational decisions made by the personnel staff and coaches.
Before working in a similar capacity with the Chicago Bears from 2013-14, Tanney served as manager of football products and sports analytics for STATS LLC, a leading sports technology, data and content company. Working primarily with NFL and college football programs, he managed the company's ICE platform, a system that aligns a team's analytical data and player records to scouting video.
A former quarterback at Monmouth College, Tanney was named the 2005 Midwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year as a senior in addition to finishing as a runner-up for Division III Player of the Year.
From 2006-09, Tanney worked as an assistant coach at Monmouth while continuing his playing career in various professional football leagues (AFL, AF2, IFL, Swedish SuperSeries).
Tanney graduated from Monmouth Summa Cum Laude in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Spanish. He received his MBA from the University of Iowa in 2011.