If he was good enough to coach Adam Vinatieri, Tom McMahon is more than qualified to become the new special teams coordinator for the Denver Broncos.
McMahon has been hired to replace Brock Olivo as the Broncos' special teams boss, team sources confirmed to 9NEWS. Pat McAfee, McMahon's former Pro Bowl punter with the Indianapolis Colts, was the first to report the news.
Vinatieri is arguably the best placekicker of all time, and McAfee and Rigoberto Sanchez were Colts' punters who were among the league's best during the five seasons McMahon were the coach.
McMahon became available when the Colts fired head coach Chuck Pagano last week. McMahon has 11 seasons of NFL coaching experience, nine as a coordinator.
The Broncos weren't about to go with an inexperienced coordinator this season after their special teams under rookie coach Olivo ranked No. 30 in 2017, according to Football Outsiders.
Broncos' kicker Brandon McManus slipped from a tie for 14th in field goal percentage in 2016 (85.3 percent) to a tie for 26th this year (75.0), punter Riley Dixon fell from 9th in net punting (45.7 yards per punt) in 2016 to 22nd (40.2) in 2017, and punt returner Isaiah McKenzie coughed up the ball five times.
Meanwhile, former Broncos' running backs coach Eric Studesville will interview Wednesday for the New York Giants' head coaching job and Denver's former offensive line coach Jeff Davidson interviewed for a similar role Tuesday with the Cincinnati Bengals.