Broncos name Wade Harman as Tight Ends Coach

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. The Denver Broncos on Thursday named Wade Harman as their tight ends coach, Head Coach Vic Fangio announced.

Harman is a 32-year coaching veteran with 22 years of NFL experience with Atlanta (2014-18), Baltimore (1999-2013) and Minnesota (1997-98). He has coached tight ends during 19 of his NFL seasons, most recently holding that role with the Falcons for the last four years.

A two-time Super Bowl Champion, Harman also owns 10 years of collegiate experience with stops at Morningside College (1996), University of the Pacific (1992-95) and Utah State University (1987-91).

During his five seasons in Atlanta (asst. OL—2014; TEs—2015-18), the Falcons’ offense ranked third in the NFL in total offense (384.4 ypg) and 20+yard completions in addition to fifth in scoring (24.2 ppg) and eighth in sacks allowed (166). Harman’s tight ends played an instrumental role in the development of the Falcons’ passing attack, contributing the highest catch-rate per attempt (74.6%) and the sixth-most 30+yard receptions by a tight ends group in the NFL since 2015.

Under Harman’s coaching, Austin Hooper developed into one of the league’s top tight ends after being selected in the third round (81st overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. Hooper ranks eighth in the league in receptions (139) and is tied for 10th in touchdowns (10) by a tight end during the last three seasons.

Harman, the only Ravens coach that was part of both of the team’s Super Bowl Championships (XXXV & XLVII), coached Pro Football Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe and two-time Pro Bowler Todd Heap while in Baltimore. He also played a role in the development of Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson, who each recorded 50+ catch, 5+touchdown seasons with the Ravens.

During his 15 seasons in Baltimore, Harman’s tight ends totaled the sixth-most receptions (1,107) and seventh-most receiving yards (11,762) while scoring 86 touchdowns during that span. The Ravens also ranked in the top 10 in rushing offense (120.7 ypg) with Harman on staff.

Entering the NFL as a coaching assistant with Minnesota in 1997, Harman was with the Vikings in 1998 as the team finished with a 15-1 record and reached the NFC Championship Game.

A linebacker at Utah State and Drake University, Harman began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Utah State in 1987. He worked with the Aggies’ tight ends and running backs over the course of five seasons before coaching on offense at University of the Pacific (1992-95) and Morningside (1996).

Harman is a native of Corydon, Iowa.