What’s Next For The Denver Broncos?

January 11, 2022

After a disappointing 7-10 season, the Broncos are looking to steer their franchise in a new direction. The team finished last in the AFC West division. They also missed out on the playoffs for a sixth consecutive year after winning Super Bowl 50.

Denver recently fired head coach Vic Fangio, offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, and special teams coach Tim McMahon after a struggle of a season. The Broncos still have a talented team. The team is widely regarded around the league as being a “quarterback away from Super Bowl contention.”

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The First Priority: Address The Head Coach Vacancy

Many names are currently being floated around, including Doug Pederson, Nathaniel Hackett, Dan Quinn, Brian Callahan, Eric Bieniemy, Brian Daboll, Byron Leftwich, and Kellen Moore.

These candidates recently had strong seasons as coordinators and/or had previous successes as head coaches. One thing is for sure, whoever is hired, must figure out the quarterback position. Then, they must kick start the struggling offense.

Whether it’s an offensive or defensive head coach, they must hire someone to develop a quarterback.

Personally, the top candidates I would pursue are in order.

Current Packers Offensive Coordinator Nathaniel Hackett

The big selling point for Hackett is the possibility of quarterback Aaron Rodgers following him. Hackett was previously the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Jaguars when they made a playoff run a few years ago. He coached Bortles to be a suitable quarterback.

My big concern for him at the moment is that he doesn’t call the plays for the Packers.

Current Bills Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll

I’m a big fan of Daboll. He’s been the offensive coordinator for the Bills since 2018 and has been a pivotal piece in Josh Allen’s development. Buffalo has been inconsistent on offense this year, but they seem like they have figured it out recently.

Current Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh

Rumors have surfaced that Harbaugh might leave Michigan for an NFL job. This is, however, unlikely as Michigan had great success this year. Harbaugh was solid as the Niners coach en route to their Super Bowl against the Ravens.

Former Dolphins Head Coach Brian Flores

Many, including myself, were quite surprised when the Dolphins announced they were firing Flores after two decent seasons.

Flores has rebuilt the Dolphins after going 5-11 in his first season in Miami. I wouldn’t be opposed to this hire; however, I wouldn’t love it either.

Current Chiefs Offensive Coordinator Eric Bieniemy

Teams have tried to lure away Bieniemy for several years from the Chiefs and have been unsuccessful so far. This would be a solid hire as Bieniemy has proved to be an offensive genius in Kansas City.

For me, having a coach with previous head coaching experience is very important. When things aren’t going well, you need someone to right the ship.

The Last Piece Of The puzzle: Quarterback

The top options for the Broncos to improve the quarterback position are a veteran trade or drafting a rookie. To me, there’s no viable future continuing with Bridgewater or Lock. The roster has a short window of being this good, and it’s going to waste with those two.

Veteran Trade: Trade For Aaron Rodgers Or Russell Wilson

This is by far the most popular option in Broncos Country. Adding a superstar at the quarterback position would be a slam dunk move, though it does come at the cost of precious draft capital. This move would immediately put the Broncos in playoff contention.

Draft: Pickett, Corral, or Howell

This isn’t a generational quarterback class. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t quality options available. This option doesn’t come at the cost of picks, but it does come with a lot more risk. If the Broncos were to pursue this option, hiring a coach that meshes well with the rookie is vital.

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