The Denver Broncos could bring back one of their former head coaches in a new role if the pieces of the puzzle fall into place correctly. Vic Fangio could potentially make his Denver return.
Rumors are circulating about the possibility of the Broncos doing what they can to lure Sean Payton out of his contract with the New Orleans Saints. Payton stepped away from coaching this season and the Saints still hold his rights. The Broncos would have to surrender something like a draft pick to get him to Denver.
Per Adam Schefter, who appeared on 104.3 The Fan, the differences between Fangio and the Broncos organization won’t play a role in this potential scenario.
It is an awkward situation—being re-hired by the team that fired you as a head coach just a year ago. The major difference here is that there is a new ownership and people/person that is doing the hiring process. Joe Ellis is no longer involved with the team. However, George Paton is. Realistically, I think that Fangio probably wouldn’t have any issues re-joining the Broncos.
He knows he didn’t get the job done as a head coach. This would be another opportunity for him in the coaching field. He’s a tremendous defensive coordinator. He was not a good head coach. Sometimes people just aren’t fit for that huge role and that is okay.
In Fangio’s final season as the defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears, his defense surrendered the least amount of points in the entire league with just 283. They had the most takeaways in the league that year with 36, including 27 interceptions.
In 2019, the Broncos allowed the 5th-least amount of passing touchdowns in the league with 17. In comparison, the Miami Dolphins gave up the most—39.
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Now, the real question is, will the Denver Broncos actually be able to pull this off? It’s possible that Sean Payton doesn’t want to come to the Broncos, but there are reasons why he should want to. Now it’s a waiting game. At the end of the day, Payton as the team’s head coach could be the best-case scenario.