Denver Broncos expected to bring back Rich Scangarello in 2020
Despite some in Denver Broncos Country feeling otherwise, offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello will reportedly be back in 2020.
The Denver Broncos are banking on continuity being a major factor for the team going from 2019 to 2020.
The last time the Broncos had an offensive coordinator and starting quarterback end one season together and begin the next together was in 2013-14 when they had the MVP Peyton Manning and offensive coordinator Adam Gase.
Other than that, the Broncos have experienced one change or another, either at offensive coordinator or quarterback, every year since then.
Having zero continuity obviously kills any positive momentum, but if there’s no positive momentum to begin with, the change is necessary. The Broncos have needed, for a long time, to find a veteran quarterback who could run his own show like Manning did (though Manning worked well with Gase) or a young quarterback paired with an offensive coordinator who could build an offense around him.
That is why I believe Rich Scangarello was brought in from the San Francisco 49ers. The Broncos hired Scangarello, who brought along with him TC McCartney from San Francisco, and established a group of coaches on offense and specifically at quarterback that would allow this team to effectively develop a young quarterback and build an offense around his skillset.
Then Drew Lock came into the picture.
Now, over the course of two games, the playbook has opened up a bit for Lock and we’ve seen glimpses of what he can do with Scangarello designing plays and orchestrating game flow.
It’s a small sample size, but the Broncos are clearly pleased, and Benjamin Allbright is reporting that Scangarello will be back for 2020.
Having a quarterback and offensive coordinator finish out the season together and begin the next together is going to be a breath of fresh air in the Mile High City.
Even though no one knows yet how the final three games of the season are going to go, we’ve seen so much ‘good’ from Lock and Scangarello when they have not had a ton of time on task together at QB and OC that it’s exciting thinking about what they can do with a whole offseason.
The Broncos understand that what they want to build is going to take time, but Lock has shown in two games that the waiting process may not be as long as initially anticipated. He’s balling out there and the Broncos are fresh off of two pretty quality wins, one against a division rival with their best player back from injury defensively and another on the road in the early time slot against a division leader.
Although not everything has been great for Scangarello this year, he deserves a bit of slack. The Broncos have won games with three different quarterbacks, and the offense was severely limited by Joe Flacco’s lack of mobility and general fire out there on the field. The team was feeding off of his energy, and not in a good way.
Lock has changed the narrative for many, perhaps including Scangarello.