Jack Del Rio will remain the Denver Broncos defensive coordinator for at least the next two years.
Del Rio and the Broncos agreed on a new two-year contract on Thursday.
The Broncos defense was 22nd in points allowed (24.9) and 19th in yards per game (356.0). This past season the Broncos didn’t have linebacker Von Miller for the first six games of the season because of a suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
Once the Broncos advanced to Super Bowl XLVIII there were five defensive starters, including Miller, on injured reserve.
“Jack did a nice job with our defense,” said John Elway, the Broncos’ executive vice president of football operations, via The Denver Post. “We had a lot of injuries on that defensive side, and Jack did a good job holding that side together. Even in the Super Bowl, our defense kept us in the game in the first half.”
Del Rio, who was the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003 to 2011, served as the Broncos interim coach for four games when John Fox was forced to undergo heart surgery. The Broncos went 3-1 under Del Rio.