Former Broncos assistant Robert “Red” Miller returns to the Broncos to become the club’s eighth head coach under circumstances never seen by a Broncos head coach.
Unlike when Lou Saban and John Ralston arrived, the Broncos didn’t need a builder to tear down and reconstruct. They needed a motivator to tinker.
Miller was that man.
“Instead of rebuilding from a team that was 1-13 or 2-12, as many head coaches must do, my coaches and I inherited a team coming off the most successful season in the history of the franchise,” Miller said in 1977. “We had some very talented players. Overall, we had a squad that needed a player here or some improvement there to become a championship team.”
It was clear to what position Miller referred when he said “here.” With Charley Johnson one year into his retirement, Miller needed a quarterback. No one on the roster was the answer, at least not right away.
But he got his quarterback in Craig Morton. And between Morton and Miller, the Broncos would finally have the fuel they needed to rocket to the playoffs after 17 years of waiting in the shadows.