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Sports NFL denies Broncos' request to start offensive assistant Rob Calabrese at QB, per report

19:40  29 november  2020
19:40  29 november  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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The Broncos were desperate enough for a quarterback that they asked the NFL to allow assistant Mike Klis of 9 News in Denver reports that the Broncos asked if they could have one of their offensive quality control Calabrese was a part-time quarterback at UCF from 2008 to 2012 and threw for 1

Also: Rob Calabrese will become Broncos offensive assistant . He was Rich Scangarello's RB coach at Wagner and replaced him as OC. McCartney served as an Offensive Assistant under Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco for the past two years and spent a total of four years on the 49ers staff.

Rob Calabrese hasn't played competitive football since his final season with the Central Florida Knights in 2012.

The Denver Broncos still hoped he could fill their void at quarterback on Sunday.

According to ESPN, Denver requested that Calabrese — in his second season as an offensive quality control coach on Vic Fangio's staff — be eligible to start behind center against the New Orleans Saints after every other quarterback on the roster was ruled out due to COVID-19 protocols.

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The network reported that Broncos offensive quality control coach Rob Calabrese ran the offense during practice Saturday. Calabrese played quarterback at Central Florida and could be an out-of-the-box option to join the Broncos ' active roster as an emergency signal-caller.

The team felt Calabrese could command the offense better than any other player, but the league and commissioner denied the team's petition, per ESPN. Wide receiver Kendall Hinton, a former quarterback at Wake Forest, will give it his best shot instead.

The report said "the NFL doesn't want coaching staffs being storage areas for potential players" as the league navigates coronavirus infection surges across the league.

Broncos backup Jeff Driskel tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. Starter Drew Lock, along with reserves Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles, were deemed high-risk contacts and thus ineligible for Sunday. The Broncos also requested that the game be pushed to Tuesday in an effort for one of the quarterbacks to be available.

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NFL Network's James Palmer reported at the time that starting The Broncos were permitted by the NFL to practice Thursday as contact tracing was performed, coach Vic Two members of the Rams organization had COVID-19 results that required further testing, NFL Network's Steve Wyche reported .

Broncos quarterbacks Drew Lock and Brett Rypien as well as practice squad quarterback Blake Bortles will not be allowed to play, the NFL Network and ESPN reported , after being pulled from Saturday practice. They were deemed in close contact to quarterback Jeff Driskel, who was placed

Signing a free agent quarterback to play Sunday would not be an option, as any player who joins the team would not clear the league's COVID-19 testing protocols in time to participate in the game.

Calabrese arrived at UCF in 2008 and started as a true freshmen before assuming a backup role for the next two seasons. An injury cost him the 2011 campaign and he returned in 2012 as a hybrid quarterback-receiver.

He spent one season coaching high school before returning to the Knights as a graduate assistant in 2014. Wagner hired him as offensive coordinator before the 2017 season an,d he spent two years in that role before the Broncos hired him.

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