After defensive coordinator Marcel Yates decided to leave for the University of Arizona the Broncos looked within to fill the void. The team didn't have to look very hard as they found linebackers coach Andy Avalos to fill that role.
Avalos has been a position coach the past four seasons for the Broncos and he once played as a linebacker for Boise State prior to that. Avalos had been coaching the bronco defensive line since 2012. Coach Avalos says becoming a defensive coordinator was always on his mind but he isn't in a hurry to change all the plays just yet.
"It's about our players. We are here to teach them, mentor them, and guide them. It's about them and it is their defense. It is them who creates the mentality. We are here as leaders to guide them along the way. They way i look at it they are going to create who we are.” said, Defensive Coordinator Andy Avalos.
The Broncos will still look for a linebackers coach. Whoever they hire will have big shoes to fill. The Broncos ranked 5th nationally in stopping the run, allowing an average of around 108 yards per game on the ground.