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  • Houshmazode
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    Denver Broncos / NFL
    JJ Watt signs off on Broncos' hiring of Bill Kollar for D-line
    By Mike Klis
    The Denver Post
    Posted: 01/23/2015 11:04:24 PM MST1 Comment
    Updated: 01/23/2015 11:04:29 PM MST

    Bill Kollar of the Houston Texans looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 1, 2011 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in
    Bill Kollar of the Houston Texans looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 1, 2011 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis. (Hannah Foslien, Getty Images)

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — For a guy who played quarterback in college, Jay Rodgers did a nice job as the Broncos' defensive line coach the past three seasons.

    Bill Kollar, 62, is a defensive line coach who played defensive line. A former first-round draft pick, and an NFL coach for 25 consecutive years, Kollar is the Broncos' new defensive line coach.

    It's the second time new Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak has hired Kollar. He first hired him in 2009 for the Houston Texans, where Kollar stayed through this season.

    "He's always going to shoot you straight," Texans star J.J. Watt, the NFL's best defensive lineman, said after his Pro Bowl team's practice Friday at Scottsdale Community College. "He's going to coach you hard and tell you like it is. Kubiak, Kollar, everybody, yeah, you guys (in Denver) have got a great staff."

    A homegrown Pro Bowler. Denver has the Broncos. Denver can claim Calais Campbell too.

    Born and raised in Denver, and a graduate of South High School, Campbell did his hometown proud by making his first Pro Bowl as a defensive lineman with the Arizona Cardinals.

    Hanging out with his sister, Keyonne, after practice Friday, Campbell got to talking about all of the great athletes Denver and the state of Colorado have produced.

    "No. 1 was Chauncey," Campbell said. "That was my guy."

    Chauncey Billups was a high school basketball star at George Washington the same time Keyonne was cheerleader at the school.

    The 6-foot-8, 300-pound Campbell is more friendly than towering. How often does Campbell get back home?

    "All the time," he said. "I've still got family there, my brother and sister. Lot of my good friends."

    Campbell had a 23-yard interception return to the 5-yard line against Peyton Manning and the Broncos in Game 4 this season. But while playing defensive end later in that game, he suffered a knee injury from an illegal chop block delivered by Denver tight end Julius Thomas.

    Campbell missed two games because of a sprained medial collateral ligament. He returned and ended up in the Pro Bowl. Thomas wound up suffering an ankle injury that plagued him during the second half of the season and caused him to sit out the Pro Bowl.

    "We talked. I don't hold grudges," Campbell said. "He sent his apologies and I accepted it."
    http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci...-kollar-d-line

    Sounds like a great hire, much better than a former qb coaching the d-line.

    When we hire a DC can we please shift to a 3-4 more often? Demarcus Ware always has been more effective in a 3-4, Von would be a monster and Knighton (assuming he returns) is the perfect NT. We'd have to sign a LB or two but Irving was never a true MLB anyway.

    Kollar's players have been productive with the sacks, this staff and defense seems fit to be coordinated by Wade Phillips who has always been good as a DC and is a good 3-4 coach.
    Last edited by Houshmazode; 01-24-2015, 08:39 PM.

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  • DN1218
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    What is the Denver Post article about JJ Watt approving this Hire? I do not have access to the article

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  • FrostySeamus
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    Originally posted by sgriffeth78 View Post
    Does anyone find it kind of odd that we hired a defensive position coach before a DC? I always thought they can pick there own guys?
    Usually yes. But Bill Kollar is one of the best in the business, I'm sure most guys we'd bring in for DC don't have anyone better for the job.

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  • sgriffeth78
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    Does anyone find it kind of odd that we hired a defensive position coach before a DC? I always thought they can pick there own guys?

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  • qbronco
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    Originally posted by BroncosDivision View Post
    I'm a man of my word. Will CP your posts whenever possible (spread rule). Good job, I like the hire! :thumb:
    I'll take a few of those to help you out!!!

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  • BroncosDivision
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    Originally posted by Butler By'Note View Post
    You still owe me 1000 CPs like you promised because Kubiak is the Broncos HC.
    I'm a man of my word. Will CP your posts whenever possible (spread rule). Good job, I like the hire! :thumb:

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  • Butler By'Note
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    Originally posted by BroncosDivision View Post
    This is a great hire, I love it. Well done Kubiak
    You still owe me 1000 CPs like you promised because Kubiak is the Broncos HC.

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  • Broncos-R-Great
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    Everybodies talking about JJ Watt, but let's not forget he also coached Mario Williams.

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  • BroncosDivision
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    This is a great hire, I love it. Well done Kubiak

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  • -Rod-
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    We went from Jay Rodgers, who began to work as DL coach in 2012, to Kollar who has 25+ years as DL coach in the NFL. Kollar has coached both the 4-3 and 3-4 defenses in Houston (they made the switch in 2011).

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  • Garfield
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    Originally posted by gtown53 View Post
    Well, I guess it's back to the "3-4". At least that's what he ran in Houston. I hate the 3-4, but Kollar appears to have coached his DL pretty successfully with a good amount of "sacks".
    with some really good DL guys with JJ at the top of that list.

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  • gtown53
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    Well, I guess it's back to the "3-4". At least that's what he ran in Houston. I hate the 3-4, but Kollar appears to have coached his DL pretty successfully with a good amount of "sacks".

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  • FabrizioHC
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    We'll see. JJ Watt was already a monster, so don't expect Malik Jackson to become Watt v.2.0. Hopefully he's able to work with Wolfe and Williams and turns them into the players they were supposed to be. Not situational run stoppers.

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  • coloradoraider
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    Good hire and classy move by O'Brien

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  • Butler By'Note
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    Originally posted by montee2ball View Post
    Cincy can learn something from Houston.
    I have to be honest when Bill O'Brien left Penn State that way he did and went to Houston I thought he was a jerk and would be a bust as a NFL HC. This was a very classy move on his part though, perhaps it's time for me to reevaluate my initial thoughts? Especially since I've never cared one way or the other about Penn St.

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