The Denver Broncos have problems, there is no denying that. Josh McDaniels did damage not only to the team's personnel, but also the the reputation of the Denver Broncos.
By trading away Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, Tony Scheffler, Peyton Hillis and pretty much anybody else who was held over from the Mike Shannahan era, he managed to take some of the best offensive talent in the NFL and send it elsewhere.
Of course, in the last few years, finding offensive talent has definitely not been the problem for the Broncos. Offensive talent has almost never been a problem for the Broncos; the big issue has always been on the defense.
Defensive personnel is just one part of the issue. The larger problem has been the lack of continuity in the coaching staff on defense. The Broncos have had six defensive coordinators in the last six years.
With that kind of turnaround, it's no wonder that the team is consistently in the bottom five of the league in defense. How are the players supposed to be able to buy into any type of system when their systems are constantly changed? It is precisely for this reason that the Denver Broncos seriously need a defensive-minded coach this next time around.
Defense was definitely Shannahan's greatest weakness, which, coincidentally enough, has been the Bronco's greatest weakness for quite some time now. So, when the Broncos and Mike Shannahan parted ways, it was quite a surprise to me, and to many in the Bronco nation, that Pat Bowlen didn't hire a defensive coach, like Steve Spagnuolo, to give some stability to a defense that sorely needed it.
Well, one head coach and two defensive coordinators later, the Broncos are still in need. It is for this reason that it the Broncos should avoid hiring another offensive mind, and really focus on finding a good defensive-minded head coach.
The top person on my list is none other than Bill Cowher. Now, whether or not he's actually wanting to come back into the game is still up for debate; but, whether or not he actually is interested, it should be priority No. 1 for John Elway, who is heading up the search for the new head coach, to at least make a run at him.
Bill Cowher is not only a coach who knows his stuff on the defense, but also he's a coach who will command instant respect from any and all players in the locker room.
A Super Bowl ring, a record of 149-90-1 (161-99-1 including playoff games), only five seasons out of 15 that he missed the playoffs, Bill Cowher brings an immediate culture of winning to a team that is in desperate need of that kind of guidance.
Other options for the Broncos could include Giants DC Perry Fewell, but it currently seems that the Broncos are more interested in interviewing several other team's offensive coordinators, including Houston offensive coordinator Rick Dennison and Jacksonville offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.
For a team that has had such defensive struggles, it really does shock me that they aren't more interested in defensive coaches. At any rate, the search is far from over, but the Broncos have a glaring need on their team, and a defensive coach is a much needed part of the solution.