Broncos in-house candidates to replace Fangio, others if changes made

Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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Denver Broncos, Brandon McManus
Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

Broncos in-house candidates if coaches are getting fired

4. Replace Tom McMahon (special teams coordinator) with Chris Gould and players

Here’s where you have an opportunity to get really creative.

The Denver Broncos only have two special teams coaches — coordinator Tom McMahon and assistant Chris Gould.

There has got to be someone else on the coaching staff who could assist in the event that McMahon gets the axe, but certainly the first man up would be assistant Chris Gould.

Gould was an assistant special teams coach at Syracuse before joining the Denver Broncos, and the team used a draft selection in 2016 on one of Gould’s protegès at Syracuse, punter Riley Dixon.

He had a tough pill to swallow when the Broncos traded Dixon a few years back, but he’s remained with the team and obviously has enough experience as an assistant at this point to call plays for the entire special teams unit.

In addition to Gould being promoted, why not get the players involved here a little bit? What do the kickers and punters do all throughout practice and in terms of film study?

Not to demean their role, but amplifying their involvement in the strategy behind what they do, which is obviously a very niche position in all of sports.

Brandon McManus and Sam Martin are both veterans who would certainly be able to have some say in the way things are being done from a special teams strategy standpoint and they could function, in a way, as Gould’s assistants.