ENGLEWOOD, Colo. —** The Broncos have begun to take steps toward a bounce-back season in 2018. After the team announced Monday it was parting ways with six assistant coaches, President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway and Head Coach Vance Joseph said on Tuesday that they will expand Senior Personnel Advisor Gary Kubiak's role and retain Bill Musgrave as offensive coordinator.
"We're going to enlarge Gary's role, as far as on the personnel side," Elway said. "Right now, he was working in college, [and] really doing the offensive side of the football for us. … I'm going to give him a larger role. He's going to be involved in free agency, as well as the draft. He's a guy that's got a lot of knowledge of football, very good evaluator, too. So he'll help us in that area."
Kubiak, who coached the Broncos from 2015-16 before stepping away, spent the previous season working in Texas helping Elway's staff evaluate college prospects.
The Super Bowl 50 head coach has spent 23 years with the Broncos, including nine as a quarterback, 11 as an offensive coordinator and then two as a head coach. Elway said he had not determined a title for Kubiak's new role.
Musgrave's role increased when he was promoted to offensive coordinator after the Broncos parted ways with Mike McCoy on Nov. 20. Joseph said during Tuesday's end-of-season press conference that Musgrave will remain offensive coordinator.
The changes Musgrave made in his short time leading the offense impressed the Broncos' players, as they noted Monday.
"I think that's the thing when you go through a change like that in the middle of the season, you're not going to flip everything over on its head," Trevor Siemian said. "That's too tough and you have too much time spent on the scheme. I thought Coach Musgrave did a really nice job of making that transition, putting a few tweaks on it his way and keeping a little bit of the continuity we had."
*Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly quoted John Elway, saying that Gary Kubiak was not involved in scouting the offensive side of the football. DenverBroncos.com regrets the error.*