Elway’s dilemma: Munchak or Fangio

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Broncos G.M. John Elway has plenty of experience hiring head coaches. Too much experience hiring coaches. So much experience hiring coaches that this could be his last experience hiring coaches.

Elway has whittled his choices down to two: Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak and Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. The thinking is that Elway is leaning Munchak. However, Fangio could save the day.

Per a league source, Fangio’s burning desire to finally become a head coach has made him willing to let Elway hand pick the coaching staff. Elway wants Gary Kubiak to run the offense. That’s more likely if it’s Fangio.

It also makes it less likely that the offensive coordinator will be pilfered by another team, since Kubiak has retired from serving as a head coach, for health reasons.

However it plays out, the stakes have never been higher for Elway. Only three years after winning a Super Bowl, he has presided over the worst back-to-back seasons for the Broncos since 1971-72. Another sub-.500 season could be his last.

51 responses to “Elway’s dilemma: Munchak or Fangio

  1. Letting Elway continue to lead is a recipe for disaster.
    Fangio deserves a shot, too bad it happens to be with Elway.

  2. “Elway’s Dilemma” sounds like a khaki-pants Dad rock parody band that sings about the Broncos and annoys everyone at the bar on Friday nights when they show up and start playing.

  3. Has a offensive Line coach ever developed into a great NFL Head Coach?

    Tom Cable, Joe Bugel, Bill Callahan, Art Shell……Mika Munchak.

    Yeah, good luck with that.

  4. If you can’t decide, just hire both and make them co-head coaches. Then you can fire one later as a scapegoat and buy yourself another year! #Leadership

  5. This particular Packer fan hopes Elway takes Munchak. I want Fangio to stay right where he is. I want the Packers to beat the Bears by getting better, not by the Bears getting worse.

    As the old saying goes, “If you want to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best.”

  6. 49ersfury says:
    Has a offensive Line coach ever developed into a great NFL Head Coach?
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    Former Packers offensive lineman Forrest Gregg took the Bengals to the Super Bowl.

    As for Munchak, his Titans teams were around .500 with Jake Locker as the primary QB. Let that sink in. Offensive guru Ken Wisenhunt followed Munchak and the Titans record tanked.

  7. Its become uncomfortably obvious there aren’t enough good coaches around to lead NFL teams.

    Good Luck if your team is looking for a potentially good head coach.

  8. Genius tactic by Fangio. “Willing to let Elway pick his staff”….. that way when things go South he can claim it wasn’t his hand-picked guys. Love it!

    Also, I REALLY don’t get why Elway would go Munchak after saying he wants someone who is great on one side of the ball. Munchak is great on the O-Line, admittedly where it all starts, but that leaves all of the defense and most of the offense outside of his area of expertise.

  9. Bears would be fine letting Fangio go, unless he took Mack, Hicks, Jackson, Smith, etc with him.

    The 2014 Seahawks still had an elite defense and went to the Super Bowl after Gus Bradley left. Packer fans probably remember.

  10. Look at what Fangio has done with his teams as a coordinator — there is tangible evidence of success and innovation. However, because he’s over 40 and not somehow related to the McVay or Reid coaching tree, the only one interviewing him is Denver. I hope he gets hired and succeeds not just for Denver’s sake, but to get him out of the NFCN.

  11. Elway has only hired 3 head coaches since he took over in 2011, and one of those (Kubiak) is still with the team after he stepped down for health reasons. The first paragraph of this article makes it sound like they’re the Cleveland Browns…

  12. Take Fangio, and get him away from the Bears Defense. If my Packers are going to have a shot, the Bears defense needs to take a few large steps back.

  13. “Willing to let Elway hand pick the coaching staff.” Could this lead to a Hue Jackson / Todd Haley situation wherein the OC played contrarian and thumbed his nose at his HC?

  14. Fangio. He’d have some nice pieces, particularly at 3-4 backer. Trade up for Haskins maybe (assuming the market isn’t outrageous) and hope Kubiak can develop an offense. I don’t think Elway has the luxury of too many more losing seasons and I’d trust Fangio to keep my team in games because he has a track record of doing it.

  15. Has a offensive Line coach ever developed into a great NFL Head Coach?

    Tom Cable, Joe Bugel, Bill Callahan, Art Shell……Mika Munchak.

    Yeah, good luck with that.
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    Chuck Noll did a decent job.

  16. Vic is the pick if Kubes is going to be OC. It makes sense too. The defense, once again, is going to have to carry this team while the offensive side of the ball reinvents itself.

  17. scoops1 says:
    January 9, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Munchak in Cinci

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    It’s probably either going to be Pittsburgh or Denver for Munch. Both locations make sense for personal reasons, and he’s turned down interviews with other teams (Cards last year) that don’t align with these reasons before. Plus, as crazy as things are in Pittsburgh now, the appeal factor on the Bengals vacancy seems to be near zero.

  18. dirt2018 says:
    January 9, 2019 at 11:45 am
    Has a offensive Line coach ever developed into a great NFL Head Coach?

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    Chuck Noll did a decent job.

    ********************************************************************

    First, Chuck Noll’s NFL is wildly different from today’s NFL, so not sure how much I’d lean on that comparison.

    Second, Noll was never an o-line coach. He was a DC for years before coming to Pittsburgh and a defensive line coach before that (and played D before that). He might’ve had some responsibilities on the offensive side of the ball, but that wasn’t his primary area. Not similar to Munchak’s history at all.

  19. I don’t know Denver’s cap situation but if Kubiak is the offensive coordinator, Leveon Bell seems very intriguing imo. Put that guy in Kubiak’s zone run scheme with a Fangio defense backing them up.

  20. I don’t know Denver’s cap situation but if Kubiak is the offensive coordinator, Leveon Bell seems very intriguing imo. Put that guy in Kubiak’s zone run scheme with a Fangio defense backing them up.

    Broncos 36 mil under the cap and will be even lower after the cut Brandon Marshall.

  21. Andy Reid played OL and started his career as an OL coach for 13 years…. before being a QB coach for only 2 years. Then he was hired as head coach without being an OC.

  22. 49ersfury said:

    “Has a offensive Line coach ever developed into a great NFL Head Coach?
    Tom Cable, Joe Bugel, Bill Callahan, Art Shell……Mika Munchak.”

    Ah, how ‘bout Vince Lombardi, Andy Reid, John Madden, Chuck Knox?

  23. Hmmm..do you go with the guy who brought his team to first place in the NFCN or the clown that couldn’t even find a wild card spot in the AFC?

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