DENVER – Old-school methods are out in the Broncos’ strength-and-conditioning facility.
That building, located on the north side of team headquarters, was colloquially dubbed the “Tuten Center” in recent years in reference to the longtime Broncos strength and conditioning coach. But Rich Tuten’s contract wasn’t renewed last month after 17 seasons on the job, and the arrival of ex-Jaguars strength coach Luke Richesson and some of his lieutenants has spawned an overhaul.
Changes to “a lot of the equipment,” as coach John Fox noted Thursday morning, are just the beginning.
“There’s a little more body-weight-type training instead of real heavy weights,” Fox said. “It’s a little more new-science oriented.”
“A lot of the players were going away to work at training facilities like API (Athletes Performance Institute),” Fox added. “Our thought is to kind of bring that to them.”
Richesson worked at API before joining the Jaguars in 2009. At the time of his hire by then-head coach Jack Del Rio, the typical NFL strength coach practiced his trade with a college football program before making the jump to the NFL.
“That was scary when Jack hired him. Getting him from that private sector — working with maybe 25 players — into a full team setting (was a change),” Fox said. “Like anything, the more you do it, the better you get. He’s had three years under his belt and did a tremendous job.”
Fox had Richesson on his radar even before hiring Del Rio, Richesson’s boss in Jacksonville, as Denver’s defensive coordinator.
“I was onto (Richesson) before I was onto Jack,” Fox said. “Don’t get me wrong: (Del Rio) was a good resource, because I got to ask him about that.”
Local trainer Loren Landow, who helped organize player workouts during last year’s lockout, will continue to work with players away from Dove Valley.