BRONCOS

The Broncos shouldn’t be afraid of hiring a “retread” head coach

Jan 11, 2022, 6:00 AM
TAMPA, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 09: Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn of the Dallas Cowboys looks on befor...
(Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
(Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

The Vic Fangio era is officially over. He can’t hurt Broncos Country anymore.

Now, it’s time for George Paton to find a new head coach. This is where he will really make his mark as a general. Many in Broncos Country want a young, hot-shot, offensive-minded head coach. That wouldn’t be a bad move, but don’t fear the “retread” head coach.

The “retread” head coach gets a lot of flack, but the Broncos have only had success with “retread” head coaches. Mike Shanahan, Gary Kubiak and John Fox were all “retreads.”

This year, particularly, there are some great experienced head coaches on the market like Brian Flores, Doug Pederson, Dan Quinn, Jim Caldwell and maybe even Jim Harbaugh. These are guys with winning records as head coaches, not abject disasters somewhere looking to reinvent themselves with a new team.

It’s not a dumb move to try and find the next Sean McVay or Kyle Shanahan, but it’s rare to see so many successful head coaches on the market. The Broncos should pounce at the opportunity to hire a Super Bowl-winning head coach like Doug Pederson, or a man with a winning record with the Detroit Lions like Jim Caldwell, or a man who took the Atlanta Falcons to a Super Bowl.

These guys are on the market for a reason. It did go wrong somewhere in their coaching tenure, but the success and resume cannot be denied.

How has Atlanta looked since firing Dan Quinn? Have the Lions replaced Jim Caldwell with anyone worth mentioning? How did the Dolphins look before Brian Flores showed up?

There is no need to try and find the next hot shot offensive boy genius head coach. There are plenty of proven winners on the market, George Paton would be wise to go get one.

Broncos

(Graphic by Johnny Hart/Bonneville Denver)...
James Merilatt

State of the Broncos: Can a talented wide receiver corps blossom in ’22?

A disappointing 2021 season can be blamed on bad QB play and a conservative offense, but the Broncos "big four" wideouts share some blame
19 hours ago
DENVER, COLORADO - DECEMBER 12: Javonte Williams #33 of the Denver Broncos is congratulated on his ...
104.3 The Fan

State of the Broncos: Breaking down the running back position

As the Broncos continue with their offseason, DenverFan.com's Rachel Vigil and James Merilatt examine Denver's running backs
19 hours ago
Kevin O'Connell...
Cecil Lammey

Don’t sleep on Kevin O’Connell as future head coach of the Broncos

The former quarterback has risen up the NFL ranks quickly, becoming a trusted part of Sean McVay's staff in LA, making him a serious candidate
19 hours ago
Drop the Mike...
Mike Evans

There were a lot of Broncos takeaways from Super Wild Card Weekend

Watching the Cowboys lose to the 49ers brought up some angst about Dan Quinn, but not in the way that most of Broncos Country might think
19 hours ago
TAMPA, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 09: Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn of the Dallas Cowboys looks on befor...
James Merilatt

The Broncos will have competition if they want to hire Dan Quinn

With five interviews currently scheduled, the Cowboys defensive coordinator is going to be in high demand, by some teams with more to offer
2 days ago
DENVER, COLORADO - NOVEMBER 28: Denver Broncos general manager George Paton walks out on the field ...
John Clayton

Clayton: The Broncos have an advantage over other teams in HC search

With so many of the other teams looking for a new head coach still in need of a general manager, Denver might be able to make an offer earlier
2 days ago
The Broncos shouldn’t be afraid of hiring a “retread” head coach