May 25, 2024

Legendary Broncos DC Joe Collier dead at 91

Former NFL defensive coordinator Joe Collier, best known for his time with the Denver Broncos, has died at the age of 91.

Collier is credited as the architect of the “Orange Crush” defense, which the Broncos utilized during the 1870s and 1980s. The renowned 3-4 defense helped Denver reach the Super Bowl in the 1977, 1986, and 1987 seasons.

On Tuesday, the Broncos released a statement on Collier’s death.

“The architect of the famed Orange Crush defense, Joe Collier is one of the most impactful coaches in the history of the Denver Broncos and regarded among the best defensive coordinators of all-time,” the statement read.