Denver Broncos hire Derius Swinton as special teams assistant coach, replacing Keith Burns

Swinton coached Chiefs pro bowl punter last season

DENVER - The Denver Broncos have hired Derius Swinton as assistant special teams coach, filling in the position vacated by the departure of Keith Burns to the Washington Redskins.

Swinton, 27, will enter his fifth season coaching in the NFL and his seventh overall. Last season he was the special teams' quality control coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. He also filled in the same role for the St. Louis Rams from 2009-2011.

Last season with the Chiefs, Swinton worked with punter Dustin Colquitt, who made his first Pro Bowl appearance after leading the NFL with 54.2 percent of his punts (45-of-83) being downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line.

In his three seasons with the Rams, Swinton's special teams unit ranked third in the NFL with a 39.3-yard net punting average and fourth in the league with an 11.0-yard punt returns average during that span.

Swinton began his coaching career as a defensive graduate assistant at the University of Tennessee from 2007-08, aiding a Volunteers defense that ranked No. 3 in the nation in 2008 giving up 263.5 yards per game.

Swinton graduated from Hampton University where he played free safety from 2003-2006.