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Woods named defensive backs coach

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --** The Broncos agreed to terms with Joe Woods to coach the team's defensive backs, it was announced on Wednesday.

Woods has 23 years of coaching experience, including 11 seasons as an NFL defensive backs coach with Oakland (2014), Minnesota (2006-13) and Tampa Bay (2004-05).

During his eight years with the Vikings, Woods coach cornerback Antoine Winfield, who made three consecutive Pro Bowls (2008-10) under his instruction.

Woods entered the NFL as a defensive backs coach with Tampa Bay, helping the Buccaneers rank first in the NFL in pass defense (172.1 ypg) during his two seasons (2004-05) with the team. Cornerback Ronde Barber earned first-team All-Pro recognition from the Associated Press following both of his seasons playing for Woods.

Prior to joining the Buccaneers, Woods was the defensive backs coach at Western Michigan for three seasons (2001-03). He also spent three years on the staff at Hofstra (1998-2000) in addition to coaching defensive backs at Kent State in 1997 and Grand Valley State from 1994-96.

He began his coaching career at Muskingum College in 1992 before stints at Eastern Michigan (1993-94) and Northwestern State (1994).

A four-year letterman as a safety at Illinois State, Woods was born on June 25, 1970, in North Vandergrift, Pa.

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