Stukes was the Los Angeles Rams’ assistant special coach in 2021 and won a championship after defeating the Cincinnati Bengals, 23-20, in Super Bowl LVI. His reputation for production and attention to intricate detail is what drew second-year general manager George Patton during the hiring process last winter.
But the Super Bowl episode may not have been the only thing the veteran assistant coach brought with him from Los Angeles to Mile High City.
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“We all know just by looking on the field who these guys are,” Stukes said Tuesday at UCHealth Training Center when asked about the emerging leaders on special teams.
“They are not necessarily outspoken leaders all the time. They show it through action. I learned from a coach a long time ago – this is one of his favorite sayings, and I’ve adopted it too – ‘I see better than I hear.’ It is more about action rather than just talking about what you are going to do. How about proving it on the field? That’s where I’m at right now. I want to see what players can do on the field to help us grow as a team. You want me to tell you who told me that? (Rames HC) Sean McVeigh.”
Add Stukes to the list of veteran assistant coaches who have been promoted to more prominent positions. The Broncos 2022 coaching staff consists of Head Coach Nathaniel Hackett, Offensive Coordinator Justin Otten, and Defense Coordinator Ejiro Ivero. All three will present their new coaching titles this season.
One aspect of his own squad unit worn by the Stukes is veteran player Brandon McManus. McManus is the only player left from the Super Bowl 50 roster and chose to skip this Volunteer OTA out of the season. The outspoken locker room captain and former special teams captain took part in the team’s mandatory three-day mini-camp that ended on Wednesday.
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“Brandon is a professional. Comes prepared. Comes in focus. He brings leadership qualities, as if he were a specialist,” Stukes said Tuesday at UCHealth Training Center.
Talks to the guys. Talks to Sam (Martin); Sam helps with the kick mechanics too. Corliss (Waitman) helps with the kick mechanics. Brandon wants to have a hand in everything. (Long snapper) Jacob (Bobenmoyer) will help pick him up too Brandon, it’s everything I thought it would be – or everything we thought it would be, me and coach ‘Mal’ (Special Teams assistant coach Mike Mallory). He did a great job. He did a great job, really.”
Despite being a first time moderator, Stukes has consistently explained his philosophy of accountability and hard hard work. He was quick to praise players like receiver Terry Cleveland and rookie return Montreal Washington. The Stukes’ charisma is authentic, and his sober attitude and demeanor suggest he’s a direct and bold trainer.
After all, Stukes is an extended branch of the McVay/Shanahan tree—two coaches are known for these qualities.
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