Local man draws upon middle school experience to help NFL coaching staff

A local man from Denver attended the Denver Broncos intra-squad scrimmage on Saturday, and found himself in a position to aid his favorite NFL team.

57-year-old Don Wisniewski has been cheering for the Broncos since he was a boy, but during the practice session, he saw the offense struggling to get on track. Instead of getting frustrated, he kept his cool, and helped out the team.


“I know we have two young quarterbacks in Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch, and our defense features a very good pass rush.” Wisniewski stated in a post-scrimmage press conference. “I remembered from my playing days on the middle school football team, that sometimes a screen pass, or a draw play can slow down those edge rushers.”

Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy was going through his scrimmage game-plan when he heard Wisniewski’s suggestion from the sideline.

“We were having a tough time getting much continuity from our young quarterbacks, and we were seeing Cover 2 from the defense. So I was looking at a double slant, with a quick hitch on the backside, to get the ball out quickly.” McCoy revealed. “But when I heard Don’s suggestion from the crowd, it was like a godsend.”

McCoy quickly changed the play call to a screen pass, and Lynch connected with running back C.J. Anderson for an eight-yard gain, and a first down.

“I’m just glad I was able to recognize the problem, and offer a solution.” Wisniewski said. “Hopefully Coach McCoy has learned a valuable lesson today.”