By Mike SlocumDETROIT — The Denver Broncos have hired Dwayne Wade as interim head coach, and he will become their offensive coordinator for the next six weeks, the team announced Monday.
Wade will be the Broncos’ interim head football coach through the end of the regular season.
The Broncos’ offense has struggled under Wade, who was fired by the Minnesota Vikings in the middle of the season after a 2-11 start.
Wade spent last season as a graduate assistant with the University of Florida, where he coached receivers and quarterbacks.
He is one of the NFL’s top receivers coaches, having led the Gators to three consecutive SEC championships.
Wade was hired by the Broncos after the team decided not to make any major changes to its offensive line and did not make any significant additions to the defense, which lost starting defensive end Elvis Dumervil to a torn pectoral muscle and outside linebacker Danny Trevathan to a fractured jaw.
The move was a major blow to the Broncos, who had hoped to add a veteran offensive coach.
After losing to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, the Broncos are 2-6 in Wade’s first season with the team.
But the team had been preparing to make some big moves, including a trade for former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Mike Norvell, who would have taken over Wade’s duties.
Wading was not able to work out for the Broncos and was not immediately available for comment.
The Broncos said they did not know if Wade was available for interviews.
Wades previously served as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2012 to 2014.
He also served as a tight ends coach and quarterbacks coach at Florida.
He served as Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator from 2008 to 2011.WADE has been on the job for less than a month, but he had been the Broncos offensive coordinator since May of last year.
The Bengals hired Wade to be the team’s offensive coordinator after the Chargers fired Andy Reid, who replaced Wade with Adam Gase.
The Denver Broncos were 5-5 and 2-7 during Wade’s tenure.
The team has won four consecutive games under Wade and had four games in a row with double-digit points in the season series.