Former UTEP football Coach Sean Kugler will be named the new offensive line coach for the Denver Broncos, the official announcement will be made today.  Kugler confirmed the news of his hiring to me at a chance meeting at a restaurant last night, mentioning that he was excited to go to Denver and noting "the NFL is probably where I belong."  Prior to coaching UTEP from 2013-2017, Kugler spent eleven seasons in the NFL as an assistant coach for the Steelers, Lions and Bills.

Kugler endured tremendous success as a tight ends and O-line coach in the NFL, including helping lead Pittsburgh to an appearance in Super Bowl XLV.  Next season will mark Sean’s 24 year as a football coach.  The Broncos, a team who won the Super Bowl a couple of seasons ago, will be an ideal fit for Kugler.  The O-line will certainly be a work in progress as the Broncos’ front five was among one of the worst in the league for a second straight season, specifically along the edges with rookie left tackle Garett Bolles and Menelik Watson, who combined to allow 16 sacks.

As a unit, the Broncos O-line allowed 52 sacks, the third most in the NFL this past season.  That is where Kugler’s expertise at the position and experience will enable him to turn around that aspect of Denver’s team.  As of now, he is inheriting some good RB's in C. J. Anderson, Jamaal Charles and Devontae Booker.  Coach Kugler is a true class act, and I couldn’t be happier for him for obtaining another job in the NFL, where he truly belongs.