According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Atlanta Falcons Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan will visit with four teams on Friday and Saturday to interview for their Head Coaching vacancies. Those four teams being the Denver Broncos, the Los Angeles Rams, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the San Fransisco 49ers.
The Monday Morning Quarterback's Albert Breer reports that Shanahan will first meet with the Jaguars on Friday and then with one of the other three teams on Friday followed by the other two on Saturday.
As we know, the Broncos are in search for a Head Coach after now former Head Coach Gary Kubiak announced he was retiring today because of health reasons. Now the Broncos are beginning their search looking for his replacement.
Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway told reporters today that they're "excited about 3 or 4 possibilities" out there. Obviously, one of those 3 or 4 possibilities includes Kyle Shanahan.
Elway also tipped his hand a little bit by stating that he and the rest of the Broncos Front Office are looking for a "bright young guy" and that he hopes they can get one of those coaches to be their Head Coach.
Elway, with a revealing statement: "There's a lot of bright young guys out there with a lot of potential. Hopefully we can get 1 of those."— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) January 2, 2017
That seems to point to candidates like Falcons Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan, Dolphins Defensive Coordinator Vance Joseph and reportedly Washington offensive Coordinator Sean McVay.
Shanahan is 37 years old, Joseph is 44 years old, and McVay is only 30 years old. So all three fit the "bright young guys with a lot of potential" qualifier that Elway mentioned today.
Elway also explained what he is looking for in a Head Coach
"In today’s world, obviously we want someone that’s very smart and bright. I think in today’s world when dealing with players, it’s a different game now than it used to be. There’s a lot more to that as far as dealing with the different personalities and kids today. So much of it is because everybody is so close. So much of it is the relationship that goes on that goes on in that locker room, the relationship they have with the head coach and the effort that’s put out there. If you know how to motivate a football team and to be able to be on the same page with a football team, I think is as important. Obviously you want a guy that can manage people and understand what he wants to do on the offensive side as well as the defensive side, but also can manage coaches and manage players, which I think is the biggest part of that job."
It really sounds like Elway is looking for a new-age Coach who can relate with the younger guys instead of an "old school" type coach. So again, another bright, young, and intelligent mind. This really narrows down the field.
Early signs indicate that Kyle Shanahan is the most coveted Head Coaching option out there right now, so why wouldn't he make the easy decision and join the team that's considered by far the best landing spot for a brand new coach? It just makes too much sense.
Informal poll of 7 NFL execs ranking current open jobs:— Jason Cole (@JasonColeBR) January 2, 2017
1. Broncos (unanimous)
This is pure speculation on my part, but from Elway's words, the Broncos first move being to schedule a visit with Shanahan, and the obvious perfect fit, I believe Kyle Shanahan is the early front-runner to be the next Head Coach of the Denver Broncos.
It really should be an easy choice to considering Shanahan's other choices are the Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, and San Fransisco 49ers.
The 49ers are all sorts of a mess and have gone three straight years with a new Head Coach, the Rams are a mess and would look worse if the 49ers weren't as bad as they are, and the Jaguars are not nearly as bad as those other two, but far from being as good of an option as the Broncos are.
The choice is obvious, Kyle. Choose the Broncos.