The Denver Broncos may be looking for a new head coach after their 2023 offseason hit. There is a clear process to help you in your search. Many teams in the NFL have tried the latest trend, sparked by the Los Angeles Rams’ quick success with Sean McVay.
McVay’s immediate success spurred other teams to find the next great offensive line. Many teams have gone this route, perhaps trying too hard to find the next great head coach. Zach Taylor, Matt Rhule, Matt LaFleur, Matt Nagy, Kliff Kingsbury, Nathaniel Hackett, Kevin O’Connell and more.
This young, offensive mind-set is now commonplace in the NFL. Obviously, the league has now shifted more towards a more forward-centered league. Teams prioritize more on the offensive side of the ball and don’t settle for their quarterback position.
If the team can do it the right way, they may be well suited for the future, but it’s hard to ignore the variables involved in choosing this path. Being a head coach in the NFL is tough, and it’s even tougher for a first-time head coach.
The Broncos tried their hand when they hired Nathaniel Hackett, who was the offensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers from 2019-2021. Aaron Rodgers won MVP awards in 2020 and 2021, leading many to believe Hackett could be the next great head coach in the NFL.
However, his performance so far has not been a disaster, and George Paton appears to have been a bad hire going forward. There is a clear trend that the Denver Broncos have followed with their last three head coaches and the previous three.
Vance Joseph was hired in 2017 and served for two years. It was his first head coaching opportunity. Vic Fangio was hired in 2019 and fired after his third year and three losing seasons. It was his first head coaching gig.
It looks like Nathaniel Hackett could be fired before the end of his first season. He is in his first head coaching gig with the Broncos. Now, who were the Broncos head coaches before Joseph, Fangio and Hackett?
Gary Kubiak was hired in 2015 and coached in Denver for two seasons. He resigned after the 2016 season, but went 21-11 in his two seasons. He was also able to guide the team to a Super Bowl title.
He was inside her second head coach.
Who was there before Gary Kubiak? John Fox was the head coach in Denver from 2011-2014. In those four seasons, he won nearly 72 percent of his regular-season games and led the team to the playoffs in each of his four seasons at the helm.
Who was the coach before John Fox? Josh McDaniels was in and it was his first head coaching opportunity. He was fired after about a year and a half, finishing with an 11-17 record. Who came before Josh McDaniels?
Mike Shanahan is in his second head coaching gig with, you guessed it, the Broncos. Now, you might think that Kubiak, Fox and Shanahan all had the benefit of a legitimate franchise quarterback, and neither Joseph nor Fangio did.
It looks like the jury is still out on Russell Wilson. My point here is that I don’t think it’s a coincidence. Hiring a proven commodity instead of another coach getting his first head coaching gig as a head coach in 2023 is the way to go.
Frank Reich, Dan Quinn, Leslie Frazier, Doug Marrone, Sean Payton, or even someone else who might get fired might make more sense than hiring a first-timer.