Denver promotes Matt Russell

A Josh McDaniels era-hire in Denver has been promoted by the new regime.

The Broncos announced they have promoted Matt Russell. He goes from Denver’s director of college scouting to the team’s director of player personnel.

A Butkus Award winner at the University of Colorado, Russell, 38, was hired in Denver in 2009 after spending seven seasons as a scout with New England and Philadelphia.

“Matt’s energy and passion for his work have earned him a tremendous amount of respect from those inside our organization,” Denver football leader John Elway said in a statement released by the team. “His leadership and evaluation skills make him the perfect fit to oversee the player personnel departments.”

Denver also hired Yale offensive coordinator Brian Stark as a West Coast scout.