Denver Broncos: TC McCartney targeted for QB coach position
The Denver Broncos are reportedly eyeing TC McCartney — son of late Colorado Buffaloes QB Sal Aunese — as their next QB coach.
The Denver Broncos have taken a very methodical approach to filling out their new coaching staff under Vic Fangio, and in fact, took a pretty methodical approach to zeroing in on Fangio in the first place.
After it seemed a foregone conclusion the Broncos would hire Mike Munchak after their first four interviews for their vacant head coach position, Fangio stepped in and blew John Elway and his advisers away and won the job.
Not only that, but the Broncos convinced Munchak to come on the staff anyway as an offensive line coach.
After hiring Fangio and Munchak, the Broncos set their sights on their next priorities — the coordinators. It seemed like a no-brainer from the start for Ed Donatell to follow Fangio from Chicago to Denver and he did just that, but the process for finding an offensive coordinator was a bit more complicated.
The Broncos were looking to interview Rich Scangarello of the 49ers, but were initially blocked. They were persistent, and ended up getting Scangarello in the fold as offensive coordinator anyway.
Since the team hired Scangarello, the big question has revolved around the quarterback position coach. Who would work with Scangarello to develop the Broncos’ quarterbacks?
It looks like Scangarello has a pretty big say in that move.
The Broncos are interviewing former LSU quarterback T.C. McCartney, son of late Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Sal Aunese.
McCartney is the son of the late Aunese and Kathy McCartney, and grandson of the legendary Colorado coach Bill McCartney.
He’s worked the last two seasons on Kyle Shanahan’s staff with the 49ers as an offensive assistant, and would be getting a nice promotion to come in and coach the quarterbacks in Denver.
One really important aspect of this move is the fact that McCartney would obviously have familiarity with how Rich Scangarello operates, and that’s going to be critical in quickly implementing a style, culture, and offensive system.
McCartney was an assistant offensively at Colorado from 2012-13, so he overlapped there for one season with Broncos Pro Bowl rookie Phillip Lindsay, who redshirted in 2013 with the Buffaloes.
Like Scangarello in 2015 with the Atlanta Falcons, the last two years in San Francisco were not the first McCartney has worked with Kyle Shanahan. McCartney was an assistant on the Cleveland Browns’ offensive staff in 2014 when Shanahan was their offensive coordinator.
In 2015, he was an offensive assistant with the 49ers, but didn’t cross paths with Vic Fangio who moved to Chicago that year.
In 2016, McCartney went back to his college stomping grounds in Louisiana for an offensive assistant position, but re-joined Shanahan in 2017 with the 49ers where he’s been an offensive assistant for two years.
Scangarello apparently liked working with him enough to offer him this interview opportunity, and given there have been no other candidates to this point, he stands a pretty good chance of getting the job.