Lou Saban resigns November 17, 1971January 4, 2017 Coach Lou Saban, left, who failed to produce a winning season in four years with the Denver Broncos and is facing a 2-6-1 mark this season, stepped down as head coach of the National Football League team on Nov. 17, 1971 in Denver, Colorado. He will stay as general manager, however. Named as acting head coach is offensive line coach Jerry Smith, right, a long-time Saban associate. Lou Saban resigns as head coach of Broncos, a position he had held for five years. Offensive line coach Jerry Smith is named interim head coach. Saban retains his GM title, but resigns from that a month later.