Broncos plan three coaching interviews, so far

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Broncos G.M. John Elway has said the team will have three or four candidates to replace Gary Kubiak, who has retired only one season after winning the Super Bowl. Three candidates will be interviewed soon, via Mike Klis of 9news.com.

Per Klis, Elway will lead a group that travels later this week to Kansas City for an interview with Chiefs special-teams coordinator Dave Toub. On Saturday in Atlanta, Elway and company will interview Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Since the Chiefs and Falcons have byes, both Toub and Shanahan are available to be interviewed before Sunday.

Next week, the Broncos will interview Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph. If the Dolphins beat the Steelers on Sunday, the interview will occur in Miami. If Miami loses, the interview will happen in Denver.

Toub, who also is a candidate for the Chargers job, is the rare special-teams coach who has become a head-coaching candidate. Nine years ago, the Ravens hired John Harbaugh, who had been a special-teams coordinator for eight years in Philadelphia before becoming the team’s secondary coach in 2007.

Coincidentally, the 54-year-old Toub got his first NFL job in Philadelphia, as the assistant special-teams coordinator under Harbaugh and, ultimately, under former Eagles and current Chiefs coach Andy Reid.

Although special-teams coordinators usually find themselves on the outside looking in when it comes to head-coaching jobs, special-teams coordinators often find it easier to work with both sides of the ball because they necessarily have worked with both offensive and defensive players. Offensive and defensive coordinators usually have a more narrow focus, making it harder to relate to the players on the side of the ball where their expertise doesn’t apply.

25 responses to “Broncos plan three coaching interviews, so far

  1. Honestly, this has Shanahan written all over it for a variety of reasons. Pair him with Wade as the D-Co and you should be set for the next few seasons.

  2. How many of the people who are afraid of the Rooney Rule will post on this article? Will they elucidate the reasons that a mere requirement to interview of a minority, not a requirement to hire, negatively effects them in any way?

  3. Broncos will interview Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph. If the Dolphins beat the Steelers on Sunday, the interview will occur in Miami. If Miami loses, the interview will happen in Denver.

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    If the Phins win the interview shouldn’t happen. Vance Joseph hasn’t gotten the memo, 1-0!

    He should focus on nothing but “next week” until the Phins lose.

  4. Somebody who will actually bring and run an NFL caliber offense would be nice to see in Denver.

    Weak coaching exposes weaknesses… which Denver fans watched all season.

    Strong coaching can overcome some weaknesses… which was not seen.

  5. You can’t have our coaches broncos and chargers fans go find your own. Signed real chiefs fans…

  6. cardinealsfan20 says:
    Jan 4, 2017 8:38 AM
    How many of the people who are afraid of the Rooney Rule will post on this article? Will they elucidate the reasons that a mere requirement to interview of a minority, not a requirement to hire, negatively effects them in any way?
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    Why should anyone be interviewed based on their color? How about only interviewing people that have accomplishments, pedigree, fit, etc…

  7. What the Broncos need, is a coach that can work with Elway on fixing the personnel issues. A coach that brings an OC that can call plays. And most importantly a coach that schemes to teams and does not try to run a static playbook (Kubiak). Kubiack’s Super Bowl was thanks to Fox/Manning. Nothing he did helped, and the proof was in this years product.

  8. Caldwell got his first head coaching job with the Colts because racist dungy made sure he got it. Why wasn’t the Rooney rule enforced then? So if you are black, a team can hire you immediately without being required to interview a white candidate but if you are white, a team has to interview a black candidate. Such double standard reverse racist garbage

  9. “Next week, the Broncos will interview Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph. If the Dolphins beat the Steelers on Sunday, the interview will occur in Miami. If Miami loses, the interview will happen in Denver.”

    So the interview will be in Miami.

  10. polegojim says:
    Jan 4, 2017 9:14 AM
    Somebody who will actually bring and run an NFL caliber offense would be nice to see in Denver.

    Weak coaching exposes weaknesses… which Denver fans watched all season.

    Strong coaching can overcome some weaknesses… which was not seen.
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    And then there was the year before, when we kind of sucked, and we won a Super Bowl anyways. Looked like some damn fine coaching to me.

  11. cardinealsfan20 says:
    Jan 4, 2017 8:38 AM

    Will they elucidate the reasons that a mere requirement to interview of a minority, not a requirement to hire, negatively effects them in any way?

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    mainly because they need something, anything, about which to complain. this fits the bill well for them.

  12. Kyle Shanahan is an innovator that can make adjustments for the personnel he has and not try to make the personnel he has do something they can’t. He’d be great in developing the young QB’s. The only problem is Elway would need to get a restraining order put on Mike Shanahan to keep him from meddling.

  13. 345snarkavenue says:
    Jan 4, 2017 11:44 AM
    cardinealsfan20 says:
    Jan 4, 2017 8:38 AM

    Will they elucidate the reasons that a mere requirement to interview of a minority, not a requirement to hire, negatively effects them in any way?

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    mainly because they need something, anything, about which to complain. this fits the bill well for them.

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    Or because for all its good intentions, the rule has been an utter failure and it makes a mockery of the process as owners often conduct interviews with candidates who have no shot and make them jump through hoops for nothing.

    They need to focus on getting more minority coaches more opportunities lower on the totem pole so that there are more coordinators of color and then more head coaches of color.

    Dan Snyder, for example, has conducted interviews in previous coaching searches where he brings in a position coach he already employs to do a charade interview before hiring whoever he wanted to hire in the first place.

  14. I cannot see Kyle Shanahan in the Denver job. In fact, I cannot see him in any HC job. Too much off the field surrounds him (from Daddy).

    I suspect Joseph will get this job, though I always thought that Elway preferred someone with HC experience. Then I would not be surprised if McCoy winds up back in Denver as OC.

    But the Air Force HC is someone they really ought to talk to.

  15. simplec72 says:
    Jan 4, 2017 10:37 AM

    Why should anyone be interviewed based on their color?

    First, they’re not being interviewed based solely on their color. For the most part, these are experienced, qualified individuals who happen to belong to a racial or ethnic minority.

    Second, under the previous system, guys were interviewing only others whom they knew or had previously worked with, making it impossible for members of previously excluded groups to gain a foothold in the profession.

  16. thermanmerman99 says:
    Jan 4, 2017 11:28 AM
    “Caldwell got his first head coaching job with the Colts because racist dungy made sure he got it.”

    The dictionary definition of “racist” is:

    “a person who believes in racism, the doctrine that one’s own racial group is superior or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others.”

    Please provided even ONE example where Dungy demonstrated, by word or deed, a belief in either of these two doctrines.

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