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Denver believed to be “leaning toward” Vic Fangio as its next head coach

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Mike Klis of 9News says he believes Denver is leaning towards the defensive mastermind to fill their head coaching vacancy.

Earlier today, Broncos insider, Mike Klis joined the Orange and Blue 760 crew to talk the Broncos head coaching search.

From what he is hearing, it has essentially come down to a two-man race at this point, and he believes Fangio is the favorite. “As Elway said at his press conference, when he was asked the question ‘what he is looking for in a head coach’, he said he is looking for someone to be great on one side of the ball, and they don’t get much greater than Vic Fangio, especially in the 3-4,” Klis said.

He also mentioned that while most the league is likely looking around for the next Sean McVay, Denver is likely looking at the success of more seasoned (old) coaches in Bill Belichick, Pete Carroll, and Andy Reid who have been not only successful, but very stable, something Denver hasn’t had at the head coach position.

If Fangio ends up being the hire, Klis elaborates that he would be the expert on the defensive side of the ball, and Gary Kubiak would be the main guy on the offensive side of the ball; not necessarily the offensive coordinator/play-caller, but “he’ll have a lot to do with the offense.”

Klis went on to add that whichever coach Denver chooses, keeping some continuity among the assistants and coordinators is a priority for Denver and that factored into their head coaching search. If Fangio is hired, Klis believes defensive line coach “Bill Kollar is definitely coming back”, linebackers coach, Reggie Herring potentially could be back. Another interesting nugget is that Joe Woods could potentially be brought back as “defensive coordinator” in name, but Fangio would oversee the defense and handle play-calling duties.

The only coaches that potentially would not be returning would be the secondary coaches, which would make sense if Joe Woods stayed, as he would likely pickup some of those duties, and tight ends coach Geep Chryst.

This is all obviously still up in the air and dependent on which direction Denver ultimately decides to go, but it sounds like they have a plan pretty well laid out if Fangio is the selection.

What do you think, Broncos Country? Would you be happy with this setup?