Alex Gibbs
Personal information
Born:(1941-02-22)February 22, 1941
Morganton, North Carolina, U.S.
Died:July 12, 2021(2021-07-12) (aged 80)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Career information
Career history
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards

Alexander Gibbs, Jr.[1] (February 22, 1941 – July 12, 2021) was an American professional football coach who was a longtime offensive line coach in the National Football League (NFL). He coached college football for over a decade before joining the Denver Broncos of the NFL in 1984. He won two Super Bowls with Denver.[2]

Gibbs was a well known proponent of the zone blocking scheme and popularized its use while he was offensive line coach of the Broncos.[3] Denver became famous at that time for its use of smaller and more agile offensive linemen and the success of its running backs, most notably Terrell Davis.[4] Gibbs was to enter his first season on Pete Carroll's Seattle Seahawks staff as the assistant head coach and offensive line coach in 2010,[5] but announced his unexpected retirement a week before the start of the NFL's 2010 regular season.[3][6] In May 2013 he returned to the Denver Broncos in a consultant role for one year.[7][8]

Gibbs died at his home in Phoenix, Arizona, on July 12, 2021.[9]


  1. ^ Davidson Wildcats Hall of Fame: "Alexander Gibbs, Jr. ('63)"
  2. ^ Alpe, Josh (July 12, 2021). "Alex Gibbs dies at 80". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved July 13, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Alex Gibbs resigns just prior to season". ESPN. September 5, 2010. Archived from the original on September 8, 2010. Retrieved September 6, 2010.
  4. ^ "Coach Bio". Archived from the original on February 10, 2010. Retrieved September 6, 2010.
  5. ^ "Gibbs joins Carroll's staff". ESPN. January 13, 2010. Retrieved September 6, 2010.
  6. ^ "Alex Gibbs Retires, Pat Ruel to Take Over Injured O-Line". September 6, 2010. Archived from the original on September 11, 2010. Retrieved September 6, 2010.
  7. ^ "Broncos bring back Alex Gibbs as offensive line consultant". May 12, 2013.
  8. ^ "Broncos hire James Cregg as offensive line assistant, Alex Gibbs out". March 11, 2014.
  9. ^ "Broncos mourn passing of former offensive line coach Alex Gibbs".