Denver Broncos head coach search could lead to other interesting hires
Despite a certain surprise on Monday, there’s a chance that the Denver Broncos don’t consider Black Monday firings for their vacant head coach position.
The Denver Broncos have begun the search for their next head coach on Monday after Sunday’s firing of Vic Fangio. General Manager George Paton said that all options are open (besides looking in-house for candidates).
That still may be true, but it’s possible that we can cross a certain number of coaches off our lists.
In a response to me via Twitter, Broncos Country Tonight’s Benjamin Allbright gave his opinion on whether or not one of the head coaches let go would be considered for the head coach position by the Denver Broncos.
The head coaches that were let go today were:
- Matt Nagy, Chicago Bears
- Brian Flores, Miami Dolphins
- Mike Zimmer, Minnesota Vikings
Previously, the Jacksonville Jaguars fired Urban Meyer in-season.
It was rumored that Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson wanted to play for Flores in Miami.
Even if the Broncos go a different route at head coach (i.e. not hiring a recently-let-go head coach), that doesn’t mean one of them couldn’t end up in Denver.
If Jerod Mayo ends up the head coach of the Broncos, may we see Flores as the team’s defensive coordinator? In New England, Flores had the roles of defensive assistant, safeties coach, and linebackers coach, at different times. That could be appealing to a guy like Mayo if he got the job.
When Vic Fangio was hired by the Denver Broncos in 2018, they also interviewed Mike Munchak for the same position. That’s where I’m going with this. Could we see the same type of hiring process play out again?
The Broncos not only fired Fangio, but also let go of offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, and are going to let the next head coach choose whether or not to keep the team’s other coordinators on his staff, including defensive coordinator Ed Donatell and special teams coach Tom McMahon.
Another name the team is considering is Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. It was just reported that Quinn will interview for the team’s head coach vacancy. If that comes into fruition, may we see Kellen Moore as the offensive coordinator?
Per Mike Klis, the Broncos have requested to interview Moore.
As Ryan O’Halloran points out, Quinn has a connection with Paton.
Then again, so does Zimmer, who is another defensive guy.
As Paton said, the team won’t limit itself to searching for a specific type of coach but wants a leader.
I personally think it would be wise to look for an offensive-minded coach (Nathanial Hackett, anyone? — Aaron Rodgers connection) simply because the quarterback position has hindered the Broncos for so long. The team needs a guy that will not only focus on the entire team but have a great idea of the direction he wants to go at quarterback. It would also make the Broncos an appealing spot for quarterbacks if they had an offensive-minded guy.
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This process is just getting underway for the Denver Broncos. There will be more interviews as the playoffs come and go and the Broncos are allowed to interview more coaches. Stay tuned.