When Ed McCaffrey got a new catcher coach in 2000, he had become a favorite of Denver’s senior players and fans.
Carl Dorell has been in his coaching career for ten years, when he was hired by the Denver team that year the Denver Broncos, but that was his first chance in the NFL. His first two receivers-the great Broncos McCaffrey and Rod Smith-forced him to participate in the game.
“I must know what I’m talking about,” Dorell said. “I have to make sure that I study harder than them so that I can answer some of their questions.”
For three years, from 2000 to 2002, Dorell tried to make McCaffrey play his best, and McCaffrey did the same with Dorell.
On Friday, the two will meet for the first time because Dorell, the current Colorado head coach, will lead the Buffalo team against McCaffrey’s Northern Colorado Bears. The kick-off time is scheduled to be held at Folsom Field at 7pm. This will be McCaffrey’s first college coaching show.
Dorrell and McCaffrey have not maintained close contact for many years, but they respected Denver each other after they took office.
“As a coach, I respect him very much,” McCaffrey said. “We have similar styles. He is very humble, very hardworking and very smart. I like to play for him and I am very excited about his success as a coach. He is the Pac-12 Coach of the Year (2020). I was excited for him last year. I respect coach Dorell very much. His performance at Buffs is very good.”
As one of the best receivers in the Broncos history, McCaffrey started playing in Denver in 1995 and retired after the end of the 2003 season. In 2000, he helped the Broncos win two Super Bowl titles and had his best statistical season when Dorell was his coach. That year, McCaffrey passed 101 times for 1,317 yards. (Smith spent the best two seasons of his career under Dorell as a coach).
“He is very smart,” McCaffrey said of Dorell. “He knows the whole offense. He just happens to be coaching the catcher. His drilling job is excellent. We have done a lot of work with him on footwork and different route concepts, which is different from what I have done in the past. Also. It’s just his demeanor; very professional style. He is dedicated to doing business, but he is polite, loves his job, and respects the people he works with. This is something I remember and try to emulate.”
Dorrell loves coaching the people he will fight against this Friday.
“I know what kind of person he is,” Dorell said. “He is very detailed, very enthusiastic and very competitive. Don’t let his gentle attitude deceive you in terms of his character. He is a very competitive person, and he is very smart. He will let him The team is ready for the game…I have to make sure that our players are ready for the game.”
Buffs is very fond of Bears, who play in the football championship division. Moreover, for McCaffrey, this will be the first new experience of coaching in a college game. However, Dorrell has no doubt that his former students will succeed.
“I know he can advance in this industry,” Dorrell said. “The reason he embarked on this path of improvement is because of his style of play. … He is the greatest player you can expect. He and Rod Smith have very similar qualities in this respect. Yes. For me, it’s fun.”
Although McCaffrey has been a coach for many years, his highest previous experience was in Valor Christian High’s two seasons (2018-19) school. However, McCaffrey did coach his four sons to become first-tier players. Max, now the offensive coordinator of the University of North Carolina, served as a receiver at Duke University; Christian played running back at Stanford University and is now the star of the Carolina Panthers; Luke played in Nebraska Quarterback, later transferred to Rice, Dylan is a Michigan quarterback, now leads the University of North Carolina.
“There was a lot of teaching in McCaffrey’s home, and then they obviously expanded it when they went to those different universities,” Dorell said. “(The coach) is part of him, so I believe this is a great career for him and he will do a good job. I just don’t want it to happen on Friday.”
McCaffrey said that former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, Dorell and others in his career have been his mentors because he started a new challenge at the university level.
“I am always seeking to learn and grow,” he said. “I don’t expect to be the best coach today or tomorrow. I hope that with more experience and more opportunities, just like a developing player, I will be able to become a coach.
“(Dorrel) has had a positive impact on my career and now in my coaching career.”