Late last season, Denver’s offense found stability after Bill Musgrave took the reins as offensive coordinator following the dismissal of Mike McCoy after the Week 11 loss to Cincinnati. The Broncos ran more often and played within themselves, and averaged 120.3 rushing yards per game — seventh-best in the league during the final six weeks of the year.
Now Musgrave has a chance to put his stamp on the offense. In the eyes of De’Angelo Henderson — a summer spark plug who played sparingly until Week 17 — Musgrave’s offense is easier to grasp.
“Bill is awesome,” Henderson told Marc Stout and Ray Crockett. “Nothing against Mike; I think Mike was a great coach. Bill’s system is a little simpler, I think. It’s easier to learn. It’s more things that I did back in college, so it would be easier for me to understand.
“Mike’s system was a little more difficult, a little more complex. I got it down, don’t get me wrong. But Bill’s is a little more — I believe I can play a little bit faster in Bill’s system.”
And with an open competition at running back in the works, Henderson should have a chance to show that the big-play ability he showed during a Week 17 touchdown catch-and-run is a sign of grander things to come.
“It’s a different vibe in the locker room with the coaches and the players,” Henderson said. “It definitely makes me feel like there’s an opportunity for me to actually come in and really show what I can do and actually get an opportunity to get on the field this year — well, more [of an opportunity], at least.”
Listen to the full interview with Henderson here: