Denver needs a tough, defensive-minded coach
I know the scuttle-butt lately is that former Denver Broncos quarterback and offensive coordinator (and soon-to-be former head coach of the Houston Texans) Gary Kubiak is a sure bet, but I just think that the problems mentioned in the previous slide, entitled "The Denver Broncos Will Have As Many As SEVEN New Starters On Defense," make bringing a defensive mind to guide this team on the field essential.
They will need someone who can work with a strong front office presence like John Elway. This is why I think three particular men are up to the challenge—both on the field and behind the scenes.
First is recently fired San Francisco 49er head coach Mike Singletary. He himself is a Hall of Fame former player like Elway. He was the heart of the 1985 Chicago Bears defense that is still considered to be (arguably) the best the NFL has ever seen.
He has shown an ability to bring egos (Vernon Davis) and head-cases (Michael Crabtree) and under-achievers (Alex Smith) together and get the best out of them. He would use well those qualities here.
Then there is soon-to-be former Carolina Panthers' head coach John Fox. He has coached in a Super Bowl twice. Once as defensive coordinator for the New York Giants in SB XXXV, then as Panthers head coach in SB XXXVIII—albeit in a losing effort on both occasions.
That aside, he knows how to run a team that is based first on defense, second on running the ball. Both are well needed here.
Lastly is interim head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, Leslie Frazier. He was the Special Assistant to the Head Coach/Defensive Backs Coach for the Indianapolis Colts when they won Super Bowl XLI. He has put together one of the best defenses in the NFL over his four years in Minnesota as their defensive coordinator. He has dealt with a media circus in Minnesota ("Thanks Bret!") this season that makes even McD cringe for its complex ugliness.
Perhaps most importantly? He was a finalist for this very job in 2009, so Pat Bowlen knows well what this man brings to the table.
So my biggest "reach" prediction for this off-season for the Denver Broncos is found above. The next head coach of the Denver Broncos will not be Gary Kubiak.
The next head coach of the Denver Broncos will be either Mike Singletary, John Fox or Leslie Frazier.
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