The Denver Broncos brought in many new faces this offseason, players like Peyton Manning, Tracy Porter and Jacob Tamme chief among them. But the team also brought someone in behind the scenes that they view as a crucial part of their success in the 2012 season. That person is new strength and conditioning coach Luke Richesson, who joins the Broncos from the Jacksonville Jaguars.
At the top of Richesson's list this offseason has been trying to figure out what role conditioning has played in Denver's recent end-of-year swoons, and how he can fix it. Per Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post, the Broncos have gone 2-and-13 in the final weeks of the season in the last three years, and though they snuck into the playoffs last season, it's far from a recipe for success.
"Elevation is tough for guys to come in and deal with, but it's also just as hard on our guys living at it and having to perform at it every single day for seven months. That's where our strategy has to be: What can we do to counter that and make it as big an advantage for us as possible? We're excited about the challenges and about what's to come."
(via the Denver Post)
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