McDaniels hires brother, Martindale

Updated: January 22, 2009, 9:10 AM ET
Associated Press

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Josh McDaniels continued filling out his first coaching staff with the Denver Broncos, hiring Don Martindale as linebackers coach and younger brother Ben as an offensive assistant.

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The 45-year-old Martindale spent the last five seasons as coaching the linebackers for the Oakland Raiders.

Martindale's hiring follows the additions of special teams coordinator Mike Priefer, who spent the last three seasons as Kansas City's special teams coach, and defensive line coach Wayne Nunnely, who spent the last dozen seasons as San Diego's defensive line coach.

The 28-year-old Ben McDaniels was the quarterbacks coach at Massillon Jackson High School in Ohio. He served as a graduate assistant under Glen Mason at Minnesota from 2004-05 and was quarterbacks coach at Canton McKinley High School in Canton, Ohio, from 2006-07.

Ben McDaniels played quarterback at Kent State from 1999-01 and played on McKinley's 1997 state championship-winning team with Broncos defensive lineman Kenny Peterson.

Jay Rodgers was also hired as an offensive assistant. He enters his first NFL season after spending nine years at the college level. He was Iowa State's receivers coach the last two years.


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