Denver Broncos should ensure Ejiro Evero stays put
Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero has been a home run hire, and the team should ensure he stays put for as long as possible. I only bring this up because it doesn’t appear likely that Nathaniel Hackett will remain as the head coach of the Denver Broncos. When head coaches are fired, their assistant coaches are usually free to find employment elsewhere.
That seems likely for most of the Broncos’ assistants, but along with wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni, Ejiro Evero should, under every single circumstance, remain as the defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos for as long as possible.
Evero began his coaching career in 2005 at UC Davis. He then worked his way up to the NFL in 2007 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2017, he was brought along the new regime with Sean McVay in Los Angeles as the safeties coach. He was then elevated to secondary coach and passing game coordinator, before landing his first defensive coordinator gig with the Denver Broncos.
The Denver Broncos are 4th in points per game allowed and are tied for fourth in the NFL this year with 19.0 sacks. Denver is 5th in pass defense and is more modest with their rush defense as they are 12th in the NFL. Overall, though, these rankings for a first-year defensive coordinator prove that Ejiro Evero is a mastermind in the making, using a slight variation of Vic Fangio’s defense.
Now, yes, the Broncos do have stellar players on defense, but they still need coaching like anyone else. Evero will likely get some interviews this offseason for head coaching positions, and especially if Nathaniel Hackett ends up getting fired, George Paton should crack open the checkbook to ensure that Ejiro Evero stays put for another year, at least.
Having one side of the ball nearly completely solved is going to make George Paton’s and the new head coach’s lives so much easier.