Denver goes to New England roots again

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The Denver Broncos added to their front office a man with ties to both the area and the New England Patriots.

That's a winning combination in Denver these days.

Denver hired Matt Russell as director of college scouting. Russell was an All-American linebacker at the University of Colorado from 1993-96. Russell, 35, was a scout for New England in 2001 and from 2003-05. He spent the past three years with Philadelphia.

Russell's roots started in New England where new Denver coach Josh McDaniels comes from. McDaniels has said the new-look Broncos will have a New England influence.