Denver Broncos coaching search looks worse every week
The Denver Broncos’ recent head coaching search looks worse and worse as every week passes in the 2022 NFL season. They made the wrong hire. When Nathaniel Hackett was hired, Broncos Country overwhelmingly approved. Many thought that this meant the team would end up acquiring Aaron Rodgers in a trade.
That was not the case, but the team did end up acquiring Russell Wilson, who at the time appeared to be a great deal to make. After five weeks, it’s clear that one of Wilson or Hackett simply is not working, or, optimistically, the offense just needs a bit more time to start putting it together.
However, when I look around the league at some of the other first year coaches and see some of the immediate success they are having with lesser rosters on offense, I continually look back at the team’s coaching search as the culprit.
Of the 10 candidates the Denver Broncos interviewed, only one of them other than Hackett got a job. The other candidate was Kevin O’Connell, who has his Minnesota Vikings at 4-1. O’Connell also has quite a few coaches on his roster that were formerly with Denver in some capacity.
Ed Donatell, Curtis Modkins, and Chris Kuper were all former Broncos’ coaches who are now overseeing what appears to be a serious playoff contender. Among other candidates who got a head coaching job this season, Denver simply failed to interview Doug Pederson, Mike McDaniel, and Brian Daboll, who are a combined 9-6 with their new teams.
Brian Daboll has his talent-depleted New York Giants at 4-1. Mike McDaniel raced out to a 3-0 start with the Miami Dolphins, and the Jaguars are noticeably better than they’ve been in years past. Why didn’t George Paton interview them? Did George Paton hire Nathaniel Hackett simply because he wanted to get Aaron Rodgers?
Whatever the true case may be, it’s clear that the Broncos’ coaching staff simply isn’t cutting it.