The Denver Broncos should cast a wide net for their next coaching search, but they should fixate on hiring someone with previous HC experience. Normal protocol for hiring someone in sports and otherwise is to hire the best person, right?
Whoever interviews the best or presents the best vision for the team or company should get the job, so it should not matter if they’re older, younger, or have been in this role before. However, the Broncos have a unique situation that I think needs that type of care and attention.
Joy Taylor, who was guest-hosting for Colin Cowherd on The Herd on Wednesday, brought up a great point when talking about the team’s coaching search.
She said that she believes the team needs to hire a head coach with that type of experience before, and noted that she believes that the new head coach should already know how to be one and shouldn’t be figuring that role out as they progress through the season.
Think about it for a second.
If the Broncos were to hire a first-timer as head coach again, they’d be thrust into a new role and would be learning that role and gaining experience as things happen, right? Obviously, the coach in question will have been on an NFL sideline before, and their qualifications have gotten them to that point.
But think about, for example, if any of Dan Quinn, Frank Reich, Jim Caldwell, Sean Payton, or Jim Harbaugh is hired as the next head coach of the Broncos. They have all been a head coach at the NFL level before and have all experienced things as a head coach that a first-timer like Shane Steichen may not have experienced.
Could we see Hall of Famer Peyton Manning have some input on the Denver Broncos' next head coaching hire? His input could be valuable.
Denver needs to get their franchise on the right track, so I agree with Taylor’s reasoning that the Broncos need to bring someone in who already knows how to be a head coach. It’s the safe move, and a necessary one.