The Denver Broncos are searching for another head coach less than two years after firing Mike Shanahan after 14 seasons on the sidelines. The Broncos made a splash by hiring 32-year-old New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
The McDaniels Era lasted all of 28 games before getting canned. McDaniels' regime was very tumultuous having spats with quarterback Jay Cutler and wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Both Pro Bowlers ended up being traded away in consecutive offseasons.
The personnel moves by made by McDaniels have been scrutinized immensely. The trades of Cutler, Marshall and running back Peyton Hillis, the draft day trade and selection of cornerback Alphonso Smith and then the selection of quarterback Tim Tebow in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft were a shocker to most of the sports world.
Now the Denver Broncos face the task of finding a new head coach that must rebuild the fledgling team and restore the legacy of a once great franchise. The next head coach will not have full control over personnel like Shanahan and McDaniels.
The Broncos aren’t going to be hiring Bill Cowher or Jon Gruden as the next head coach, so fans can let that thought go.
Both Cowher and Gruden will have huge price tags to return to the sideline and the Broncos aren’t going to pay that kind of money; especially since they still owe Mike Shanahan and Josh McDaniels roughly $14 million combined.
Denver will probably look to past Broncos’ coaching staffs, some up-and-coming coordinators or some former NFL head coaches whom might deserve another chance at a head coaching job.
Without further ado, here are the realistic coaching candidates for the Denver Broncos.