If the Denver Broncos would be interested in another first-time head coach, Philadelphia Eagles’ OC Shane Steichen might be a good choice. It’s completely understandable that many of us might shiver at the idea of another first-time head coach for the Denver Broncos.
The past three head coaches for Denver have all been first-timers, and for one reason or another, they’ve all been fired. However, the next head coach should go to the person that performs the best in the interviews and has the best vision for the team, no matter if they are a first-timer or a seasoned veteran.
Of the first-timers who are likely to get interviews this offseason, Shane Steichen might be at the top of many lists. The current offensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles is only 37 and does have a quite brief coaching career in the NFL.
Denver Broncos head coaching profile: Shane Steichen
Steichen began his career at Louisville as an offensive assistant in 2010. From 2011-2020, he was on the staff of the Chargers aside from 2013, when he was offensive quality control for the Cleveland Browns.
As a Chargers’ staffer, he was a defensive assistant, offensive quality control, quarterbacks coach, interim offensive coordinator, and full-time offensive coordinator. When Nick Sirianni was hired as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, he brought over Steichen to serve as the OC.
About halfway through the 2021 season, Sirianni handed over play-calling duties to Steichen, and since then, the Eagles offense has taken off and looks largely unstoppable.
Philly finished with the 12th-ranked scoring offense in 2021 and has the 1st-ranked scoring offense in 2022, averaging nearly 30 points per game. Shane Steichen is also given some credit for the development of Jalen Hurts into an MVP-caliber player.
This is his fourth year as a coordinator in the NFL, so it’s not like he’s unqualified to serve as a head coach. Coming from Philadelphia, Steichen would also likely bring over a strong staff as well.
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He’s got a much smaller sample size as a head coach than others that may be considered for this job, but it’s clear that he’s made an impact so far.