Fourth NFL Season (First with Broncos)
Tim Brewster begins his first season as tight ends coach for the Denver Broncos in 2005 and his fourth year as an NFL coach. Brewster, who has 19 years of coaching experience, officially joined the Broncos’ staff Jan. 31, 2005.
Brewster, 44, most recently served as the San Diego Chargers’ tight ends coach from 2002-04 and also was the team’s assistant head coach last season. He developed Chargers tight end Antonio Gates from an undrafted free agent who did not play college football to a 2004 first-team All Pro in only two years. He also has 14 years of experience as a tight ends coach at the major Division I college level, producing five tight ends who signed NFL contracts.
Brewster oversaw the rapid development of Gates, who in 2004 earned first-team All-Pro honors from the Associated Press and a Pro Bowl selection after playing only his second year of football since high school. Gates, who played basketball only in college, set an NFL single-season touchdown record (13) for tight ends in 2004 while ranking third in receiving yards (964) and fourth in receptions (81) among NFL tight ends.
In Gates’ first NFL season in 2003 and first football action in six years, Brewster helped the young talent rank third on the Chargers with 24 receptions. While his tight ends showed progress as pass catchers, Brewster’s unit was adept at blocking in a potent rushing attack that gained more than 2,100 yards on the ground in each of his three seasons with the team.
Before joining the Chargers, Brewster enjoyed tremendous success at the University of Texas (1998-01) and the University of North Carolina (1989-97), where he also coached special teams and was the Tar Heels’ recruiting coordinator. He worked on Head Coach Mack Brown’s staffs at both schools and developed five tight ends who signed NFL contracts.
In four years at Texas, Brewster’s tight ends played an integral role in the team advancing to a bowl game (two Cotton Bowls, two Holiday Bowls) at the end of each season. He tutored two tight ends who earned All-Big 12 honors, including 1998 first-team selection Derek Lewis, while coaching one player who signed an NFL contract (Lewis).
Brewster’s tight ends at Texas blocked for a 1,000-yard rusher in each of his four seasons at the school, highlighted by Ricky Williams’ 2,124-yard (sixth-most in NCAA history) Heisman Trophy-winning season in 1998. Also in 1998, Brewster developed Lewis into a scoring threat as the tight end finished the year second on the Longhorns with six touchdown receptions in a season that ended with a Cotton Bowl victory.
He honed the skills of a pair of converted Longhorns defensive ends in 1999 as well as true freshman Bo Scaife, helping the tight ends total 24 receptions for 267 yards with four touchdowns. Scaife became a 2001 honorable mention All-Big 12 selection under Brewster’s tutelage only one year after missing the entire season with a major knee injury.
In nine years at North Carolina, Brewster mentored four All-Atlantic Coast Conference selections at tight end and helped the school advance to six consecutive bowl games from 1992-97. As recruiting coordinator, his efforts secured the talent that helped the 1997 team go 11-1 and win the Gator Bowl.
Brewster, who served as a volunteer assistant at North Carolina for the 1989 season before earning a full-time position in 1990, oversaw the development of four Tar Heels tight ends who signed NFL contracts: Alge Crumpler (Falcons, 2001-present), Freddie Jones (Chargers, 1997-2001; Cardinals, 2002-present), Greg DeLong (Vikings, 1995-98; Ravens, 1999; Jaguars, 2000) and Deems May (Chargers, 1992-96; Seahawks, 1997-99). Crumpler and Jones were second-round draft choices in the NFL Draft while May was a seventh-round selection.
Brewster guided Crumpler, who was named a Pro Bowl starter in 2004, to second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference distinction and honorable mention All-American accolades from Football News as a sophomore in 1997. He also mentored Jones to a first-team All-ACC selection in 1995 and again in 1996 when Jones set a North Carolina single-season record for receptions by a tight end (32) to garner third-team All-American honors from Football News.
His tight ends at North Carolina were critical to the team’s rushing success as their blocking helped clear the way for five different 1,000-yard seasons, including Natrone Means’ back-to-back 1,000-yard years in 1991 and ‘92. DeLong, a first-team All-ACC tight end in 1994, twice earned ACC Lineman of the Week honors for his blocking in 1996 under Brewster’s tutelage.
Brewster spent 1987-88 as head coach at Central Catholic High School in Lafayette, Ind., directing a wide-open offense that won 15 of 23 games during that period. He developed Indiana’s passing leader in both of his seasons as head coach.
A former two-time All-Big Ten selection at Illinois, Brewster led the nation’s tight ends in receiving in 1983 and captained the Illini to the 1984 Rose Bowl vs. UCLA. Brewster, who graduated from Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in political science, played in the training camps of the New York Giants (1984) and Philadelphia Eagles (1985).
Born Oct. 13, 1960, in Phillipsburg, N.J., he and his wife, Cathleen, have three sons: Eric, Clint and Nolan.
2005: Tight Ends, Denver Broncos
2004: Assistant Head Coach/Tight Ends, San Diego Chargers
2002-03: Tight Ends, San Diego Chargers
1998-2001: Tight Ends, University of Texas
1989-97: Tight Ends, Special Teams and Recruiting Coordinator, University of North Carolina
1987-88: Head Coach, Central Catholic High School, Lafayette, Ind.
1986: Tight Ends / Offensive Tackles, Graduate Assistant, Purdue University