Denver Broncos rumors: Coaching search down to two
After interviewing five candidates, the Denver Broncos’ coaching search is reportedly down to Mike Munchak and Vic Fangio.
The Denver Broncos have reportedly narrowed their coaching search to two candidates: Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak and Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.
The Broncos interviewed Munchak last Friday in Denver and spoke with Fangio in Chicago on Monday. The Broncos traveled to Chicago to interview Fangio where they stayed 48 hours to wait for him, then shifted around their flight plans so Elway could stay longer and speak with him over dinner.
The Broncos also spent dinner with Munchak, which is usually a great indicator of the team’s strong interest.
What does each of these candidates bring to the table?
Munchak is probably the top offensive line coach/specialist in the NFL. He was a Hall of Fame offensive lineman as a player and has done a great job coaching up offensive linemen since he took on that role in the late 90s.
He’s been a head coach in the NFL before, and offers a lot of experience which John Elway coveted going into this process.
Hiring Munchak would require strong coordinators on both sides of the ball. He’s never called plays on offense despite working on that side of the ball for many years.
He would certainly work hands-on with the offensive line and oversee the rest of the team from a general perspective.
Fangio has been the architect of a number of great defenses in the past. In the past decade, he’s worked with the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears where he’s pretty consistently put together one of the top 5-10 defenses in the league.
Fangio’s defensive expertise has never led to a head coaching opportunity, but the Broncos could be his first.
He should have been named Jim Harbaugh’s replacement in 2015 when Harbaugh left for Michigan.
Fangio’s defenses are known for being fast and aggressive, and he would enhance the Broncos’ strongest position on the roster.
It’s assumed either candidate would be working with Gary Kubiak as an offensive coordinator or in some prominent offensive role.