Denver Broncos: 5 early options to replace Vic Fangio as head coach
The Denver Broncos are less than one-third of the way through the 2021 season and after back-to-back losses, it’s starting to seem as though trouble is on the horizon.
Vic Fangio is still the head coach and his coaching staff that includes Pat Shurmur and Tom McMahon is still intact. How long will that be the case? Likely until the end of this season, at least, but after performances like the one we saw on Sunday, the discussion of who will replace these guys needs to get started back up.
I know what you’re thinking. It’s only five games. The team still has a winning record. Fangio isn’t that bad. Yes, he is. There is no argument to the contrary in my mind.
His team always seems completely unprepared. In-game adjustments are just about non-existent and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Shurmur and McMahon are both terrible, but that’s a different story for a different day.
Here, we are going to focus on candidates who could replace Fangio by the end of the season. And if this team does not make the playoffs, he should be gone the very next day. He’s not a good coach, hasn’t been a good coach and likely won’t become one at this point.
You’ll notice a theme with each of these candidates. No more of these defensive-minded guys like Fangio and Vance Joseph. If Fangio is replaced, George Paton will look for a guy who specializes on the offensive side of the ball and they’ll rebuild the team that way.
So, it may be a but early, but it’s also never too early to learn the names of some of the guys who could be on the sidelines at some point in Denver. Unless of course, you’re excited about the prospects of Fangio staying around.
Eric Bienemy, Kansas City Chiefs
Eric Bienemy is going to be on a short list of coaching candidates until a team gives him a job. Many have wondered aloud why that hasn’t already happened.
Is Beinemy’s success do in large part to being part of Andy Reid’s system? Others have said that Bienemy doesn’t interview well for open positions, but he also seems to always be in the thick of a deep playoff run with his own team when interviewing for these jobs.
The success the Kansas City offense has had is undeniable. How much credit Bienemy deserves for that is hard to determine, but he has had the chance to work directly with Patrick Mahomes and that kind of experience could be quite beneficial.
Bienemy also has local ties, having played for the Colorado Buffaloes during his college days. He still ranks as the school’s all-time leading rusher.