When discussing the head coaching search with other Denver Broncos fans, one of the most common points brought up by other fans (not just Bronco fans) is that the Broncos won’t be desirable as a destination because they have no quarterback.
I oftentimes take the stance of challenging common thoughts in the NFL...like the misconstrued notion that successful teams focus on running the ball well or that you MUST have a franchise quarterback to be successful.
I think there’s more to it than just that including having a coaching staff that is innovative, understands how to use players to their best abilities, and how to scheme favorable match-ups against opponents to create big plays. I also think there is something to be said for having coaches that know how to develop successful quarterbacks.
And having said that, I don’t think any coaches we’ve had offensively for the past 6 years even fit that mold. Gary Kubiak was stuck in his ways in a game that had passed him by offensively. Mike McCoy’s offense in 2016 was woeful. Bill Musgrave was more of the same. Rich Scangarello seemed like a young coordinator who was figuring it out, yet had a long way to go. And let’s not talk about Pat Shurmur.
None of them cracked the top 20s in overall NFL offense.
With George Paton looking like a very sound General Manager who understands how to get NFL quality talent, are the Broncos really that bad of a spot for a new head coach?
I think both sides of the aisle will need to be very open and honest. As a head coach, I would hope that you would be asking what the plan is for upgrading the quarterback position and if the Broncos front office doesn’t give you a very sound plan for either this year or next, then you pass. I think the front office needs to hear from the coach what they are going to do to get this offense back to being at least decent regardless of what quarterback they have to work with (because let’s face it...outside of a blockbuster trade for a star QB, there just isn’t much to like in this year’s NFL draft at QB).
What are your thoughts, Broncos Country? Fix the line, fix the offense? Get someone who is going to develop Drew Lock to his unseen potential? Trade the house for Russel Wilson?
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