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Martindale replaces Nolan in Denver

Updated: January 28, 2010, 3:23 PM ET
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com

The Denver Broncos promoted linebackers coach Don "Wink" Martindale to defensive coordinator Thursday.

Martindale replaces Mike Nolan, who surprisingly parted ways with the Broncos on Jan. 18 because of philosophical differences with head coach Josh McDaniels. Nolan was named the defensive coordinator in Miami last week.

"Wink definitely deserves this," Broncos coach Josh McDaniels told The Denver Post. "He's earned this opportunity. Our system won't change, our philosophy won't ...

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