Minnesota tabs Watson as WRs coach

Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster once again has gone back to the NFL to fill a staff vacancy.

After losing wide receivers coach Richard Hightower to the Washington Redskins' staff after just one season, Brewster tabbed Steve Watson as his replacement on Tuesday. Watson served as a Denver Broncos assistant from 2001-08, coaching the wide receivers from 2003-06. He was the team's associate head coach from 2007-08.

"Steve and I coached together with the Denver Broncos and in that time I developed a real admiration of him as both a coach and a person,” Brewster said. "He is an outstanding teacher of fundamental wide receiver play and I expect our players will benefit greatly from his experience. I am very excited that he has agreed to join our staff."

A former standout receiver for the Broncos, Watson coached with Brewster from 2003-05. He takes over a wide receiver group that struggled after star Eric Decker went down with an injury midway through the 2009 season. Watson will work under new offensive coordinator Jeff Horton, who comes to Minnesota from the Detroit Lions.

The Gophers will turn to Troy Stoudermire, Da'Jon McKnight, Brandon Green and others to step up in the passing game this fall.

Watson's son, Steve, is a junior linebacker/defensive end at Michigan who appeared in six games last season.

Barring any surprises, Brewster's staff is now complete for 2010.