The Denver Broncos appear to be zeroing in on DeMeco Ryans as the potential next head coach of the team. Could they be making a big mistake? I do think keeping an open mind in the interview process was something the Broncos have done well.
Not shying away from interviewing more potential first-time head coaches is smart. Just because they haven’t worked in the recent past, does not mean they can’t work in the future. Given that there’s also a new ownership group in place, it is a smart idea to cast a wide net.
However, could they be making a big mistake in hiring DeMeco Ryans, a quick riser in the coaching ranks? His coaching career began in just 2017 and is in his second year as a defensive coordinator. My main concerns with Ryans would be some of the common mistakes we saw the recent first-time head coaches make in Denver.
Many of the issues landed on being undisciplined, sloppy, and thin on quality staff. Vic Fangio actually built some quality staffs during his tenure in Denver, but he also had decades worth of NFL experience.
I worry about the type of staff Ryans could build, and just because he’d be another coach coming from the Shanahan tree, does not mean he’d succeed like the others.
Another worry I have with DeMeco Ryans would be being faced with issues as a head coach that he simply has not seen before, primarily because he’s been a coach for just six years in the NFL. I understand that his playing in the league is likely a big help, but not every player who becomes a coach succeeds, and this likely plays a part.
The Denver Broncos are looking to hire their next head coach and they need to prioritize the next HC to have a CEO coaching style.
I also could be totally wrong here, and Ryans actually ends up as a phenomenal head coach. But for the Broncos, I don’t think he’s the right person for the job.