Who Should be Denver Broncos’ Next Coach?


Jan 11, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio on the sidelines at the end of the fourth quarter in their loss to Indianapolis Colts in the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Colts won 24-13. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Let the madness commence.

The speculation is in high-gear on who John Elway will peg as the next head coach of the Denver Broncos.

Per Mike Klis of the Denver Post, two names are out of the running: Mike Shanahan and Adam Gase. It makes sense for the former, given the friction he has with Elway, but even more for the latter. If you want a culture change at Dove Valley, why go to a guy who had one foot out the door prior to the debacle against the Indianapolis Colts? In fact, Gase, Jack Del Rio and John Fox all had one foot out the door.

A Sunday report by Jay Glazer said that if the Broncos lost to Indianapolis, Fox could become available. Glazer’s source? Fox.

That’s what led to the Monday afternoon meeting between Fox and Elway. That also explains the terrible game plan for the divisional playoff game and why it seemed the players had given up and the coaches mailed it in. (That doesn’t explain the Baltimore Ravens fiasco, the beatdown in the Super Bowl and the inability to show up in every other big game).

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In all honesty, this move is two years late, but I digress. For his tenure in Denver, Fox will be known for three words: Take a knee.

So who will Elway consider for the best coaching job in the NFL?

According to multiple reports, Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is atop the list.

Two other names that should be: Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and a name Broncos Country knows quite well, Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. I don’t see Kubiak going against his word. He said on Sunday he wants to stay with the Ravens. Kubiak seems like a honorable and honest guy. Going against his word isn’t who he is, but what do I know?

Is the ink dry on Rex Ryan’s contract with the Buffalo Bills? Don’t forget Emmanuel Sanders and the Kansas City Chiefs for a starting point there.

Dec 21, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan coaches against the New England Patriots during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Jets 17-16. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

There was speculation from Broncos play-by-play guy Dave Logan that Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn is on Elway’s list (let’s hope not).

What about Tony Dungy?

How about Brian Billick?

How about Chucky himself, Jon Gruden?

Or, despite the fact that Klis and others have said he’s out, Shanahan? Jason Cole of Bleacher Report said Shanahan and Elway have talked in recent weeks, so perhaps there is a reunion in the works.

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  • One thing Broncos Country can agree on is that Denver needs a guy who coaches with emotion and fire. Who has heart. Who instills those things in his players. In the process, they will run through a wall for him. Fox isn’t that guy. He’s never been that guy. H will never be that guy.

    You don’t blow up the coaching staff in order to keep Gase. If the Broncos don’t interview him, what should that tell the rest of the NFL?

    As for the nonsense that Peyton Manning won’t play for anyone else and his return to Denver is hindered on Gase being the head coach, then why is Manning serving as a job reference by telling teams that Gase would make a great head coach? I get it: What else is Manning suppose to say? I don’t buy it. I don’t think the two are connected.

    I joked on social media that Elway’s moves are like those of the “Godfather.” All we can do is trust in Elway or you better look over your shoulder.

    He’s said since he took his job with the Broncos that there’s only one goal. It’s nice to have someone do more than just say it.

    Jan 11, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos head coach John Fox reacts in the first half against the Indianapolis Colts in the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Colts defeated the Broncos 24-13. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports