Broncos Part Ways with STC Dwayne Stukes, OL Coach Butch Barry
Monday night, the Broncos announced that they had fired Dwayne Stikes, special teams coordinator, and Butch Barry as offensive line coach.
Hackett was unable to survive his first season in Denver. Former Rams assistant, who was hired last February to replace Tom McMahon in the Rams, managed a team that made mistakes and currently ranks 32nd in Football Outsiders. DVOA.
The Broncos’ special team ranked 32nd in kickoff returns average, 31st field goal percentage, 22nd gross punting average and 20th in punt return.
Hackett also imported Barry but he had huge shoes to fill. He was succeeding Mike Munchak, a legendary line coach. Unfortunately, Barry’s wide-zone system, which is a stark contrast to Munchak’s man on man blocking scheme, never translated into positive production. In fact, the opposite is true.
The 4-11 Broncos have allowed an NFL record 57 sacks and are the league’s 23rd overall rushing offense. Barry tried seven different O-line combinations, with Garett Bolles as the starting left tackle and Lloyd Cushenberry as the center. None of them were successful.
Barry and Stukes were dismissed as the first of many pink slips in the lead-up to and immediately following the Jan. 8 season finale. This is Denver’s fourth coaching search since 2017.
“We will evaluate every aspect of football operations and make any changes necessary to restore this franchise’s winning tradition,” Greg Penner, co-owner and CEO, said in a Monday statement.
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