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Broncos hire Alex Gibbs as offensive consultant

The Denver Broncos are reuniting with former offensive line coach Alex Gibbs, hiring the zone-blocking guru as an offensive consultant.

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The Denver Broncos have hired Alex Gibbs as an offensive consultant, according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post. A familiar face for the franchise, he's expected to help out offensive line coach Dave Magazu going into the 2013 season.

Gibbs, who coached for the Broncos from 1995-2003, is best known for his zone blocking, one-cut scheme that yielded one of the best rushing attacks in the league. During his tenure, the Broncos produced a 1,000-yard rusher in every season except 2001.

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Now 72 years old, Gibbs retired back in 2010. The Seattle Seahawks hired him as offensive line coach that year, but stepped down a week before the regular season without coaching a single game.

The Broncos ran a power-blocking scheme under former coach Josh McDaniels, but they appear to be going back to the one-cut attack that made Gibbs famous with John Fox running the show. This offseason, team also hired zone-blocking scheme disciple Greg Knapp as quarterbacks coach and drafted Montee Ball, who thrived under a similar system at Wisconsin.

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