Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported early this afternoon that “the chatter in league circles regarding Denver’s future” continues to point to current Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh and former Broncos Head Coach Mike Shanahan.
Seemingly conventional Broncos coaching search could end with a non-conventional hire https://t.co/UClwAIK78C— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) December 31, 2018
Here is Florio’s full quote on the topic.
“The chatter in league circles regarding Denver’s future continues to be that G.M. John Elway would like to find a way to hire Ravens coach John Harbaugh or, failing that, a path to returning Mike Shanahan to the franchise.”
Both veteran coaches have been connected to the Broncos recently and it sounds like according to Florio, that Elway and the Broncos are eyeing these two coaches.
It will get tricky with Harbaugh since he is under contract with the Baltimore Ravens and in the postseason. Their team is set up for a potential long postseason run and the Broncos would have to trade a draft pick for his services. It is unclear what they would have to give up in return(The two 1st rounders seems illogical), but it is something I can see Elway looking into if the opportunity presents itself.
Elway, when asked whether he would consider trading a draft pick or two for the rights to a head coach: “At this point in time, we’re looking at everything."— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) December 31, 2018
This currently seems like a “pie in the sky” type of scenario, but something that could get interesting if the Ravens are eliminated from the playoffs this upcoming weekend.
As for Mike Shanahan, we all saw the Woody Paige report a few weeks back. It basically stated that Elway tried to hire Shanahan late last year but Joe Ellis said no. Now, the Broncos have a Head Coaching vacancy one year later and Shanahan’s name is being brought up again.
If those reports were true, I could see Elway trying to get his former Head Coach back with the Broncos for one last run at the Lombardi. However, Elway stated during his end of the year press conference just a few minutes ago that Shanahan is not a candidate for the job “at this point in time”.
Elway: Mike Shanahan is not a candidate “at this point in time."— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) December 31, 2018
The Broncos have already requested to interview Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, New England Patriots defensive coordinator Brian Flores, and Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak. Will Harbaugh and Shanahan join these three?
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport basically contradicts Florio’s report on Harbaugh/Shanahan. It’s that time of the year again folks!
While, the #Packers and #Browns do a wide-ranging search, the #Broncos’ is much smaller: Mike Munchak, Brian Flores, Vic Fangio. That’s it as of now. Mike Shanahan and still-#Ravens coach John Harbaugh are not on the radar.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 31, 2018
Update two: Klis/Broncos PR chime in
There’s a stir out there: Talked to John Elway and Joe Ellis separately. Mike Shanahan will NOT be a candidate for head coach. And Broncos aren’t giving up No 10 overall draft pick for John Harbaugh so that appears remote at best. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) December 31, 2018