Broncos head coach Vic Fangio was the first casualty of the post-Week 18 firing extravaganza, usually known as “Black Monday,” even though he was let go on a Sunday. Fangio was 19-30 in three full seasons with the Broncos, and was unable to make the playoffs in each one.
Interviews have begun as teams in need of a new coach call in talent from other organizations. Here are TGH’s top three options for Vic Fangio’s replacement.
Defense is the strength of the Broncos. That is undebatable. Fangio seemed to get the most out of the defensive side of the ball, but was so hyper-focused on that aspect that the offense suffered. Flores is the kind of coach that can keep up that production on defense, while making sure the offense is running as smoothly as possible.
He has a reputation as a sort of no-nonsense guy in the locker room, but for a team that just needs to button some things up to be a real threat, Flores is perfect. There needs to be some work done to the offensive roster, but Flores can thrive there if he is given the pieces.
Brian Daboll, the offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills, has enjoyed Josh Allen at quarterback during his time in New York. That will not necessarily be the case if he agrees to be the next head coach of the Broncos. Their quarterback situation is very much in flux. But, Daboll has a reputation for getting the most out of the offense he is presented with, and scheming well against opposing defenses.
It will be a tough task, but the offensive talent cupboard is not totally bare. There are things that Daboll can do with this roster that others will not have the creativity to pull off. That is especially important when in a division like the AFC West, where shootouts will be the name of the game almost every time.
Another Buffalo coordinator, Leslie Frazier would bring an ability to utilize and scheme quickness on this Broncos roster. Buffalo’s defense, while streaky, can absolutely take over games with their ability to shut down plays and turn the football over.
Again, a team without a quarterback is a big ask for a first time head coach, but if that glaring issue is solved and Frazier has an opportunity to name his offensive coordinator, there is nothing but upside to this kind of coach paired with this level of defense.
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