The Denver Broncos are close to wrapping up their head coaching search here in 2023, and Dan Quinn will get the final shot to impress the interview committee on Friday. The Broncos are interviewing Quinn for the second consecutive year after passing on him to hire Nathaniel Hackett in 2022. Could they right their wrong in 2023?
Since the beginning of this process, and even before that with the coaching rumor mill, Dan Quinn has been strongly connected to the Denver Broncos’ top coaching job. Quinn has done a great job the last two seasons revitalizing the Dallas Cowboys defense, and now helping that team get an elusive playoff victory.
Now, before his matchup against the San Francisco 49ers, Quinn will get the chance to talk with a new hiring committee in Denver led by team CEO Greg Penner. George Paton, someone who has been linked to Dan Quinn for a long time now, will also be part of the interview process and the familiarity between those two has seemingly given Quinn an edge in the sweepstakes even before he meets with the new ownership group.
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Last offseason, Dan Quinn seemed like a hotter candidate than he is right now. This offseason, only the Broncos and Colts have put in requests to interview him, and both of those interviews will happen on Friday.
Quinn’s defense in Dallas has been tremendous, for the most part, but as with any candidate that has a defensive bent, the big question with Quinn is who he would potentially bring along with him as an offensive staff.
For a while, there were rumors that he could bring Darrell Bevell with him, one of the men on the Seattle Seahawks staff early in his career, but that no longer seems to be on the table. If you are a conspiracy theorist, you might view Bevell’s decision to return to Miami as a sign that the Broncos are not going with Dan Quinn for their head coaching job.
But, there remains the possibility that Quinn will bring fellow Cowboys assistant Brian Schottenheimer — another coach with connections to Russell Wilson — to Denver to lead the offensive staff.
Or, perhaps the offensive staff Dan Quinn would bring along with him is completely different than we’re expecting based on leaks to the media. Quinn’s arrival would also be fascinating from the Ejiro Evero vantage point. Would he keep him on the staff as defensive coordinator?
Evero has interviewed for every available job this cycle but nothing has emerged about him being a favorite for a job just yet. You can’t help but wonder if he’s going to be the top DC candidate for other HC options for teams like Raheem Morris, his former colleague with the LA Rams.
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For now, we wait for the final confirmation of Quinn’s interview with the Broncos finishing up and how well he and DeMeco Ryans both did interviewing with the team. As of right now, Sean Payton appears to be the clear front-runner, and perhaps David Shaw is close behind him.