The Josh McDaniels era is over in Denver, after the Broncos fired their young coach Monday evening. McDaniels survived not even two full seasons before owner Pat Bowlen, made weary by an 11-17 record and a series of personnel miscues, dismissed him.
Running backs coach Eric Studesville will helm the team for the final four games of the season.
Thereafter, though, Denver will likely engage in a large-scale effort to find a true franchise coach. Who will that be? Guys who might otherwise have topped the list (Jason Garrett in Dallas, Leslie Frazier in Minnesota) are currently sparkling in their auditions for other full-time jobs.
There are always talented position coaches and coordinators, but the richest trove of potential replacements may be at the collegiate level. Read on for 10 current NCAA coaches who would be great fits to replace McDaniels.