If the Broncos rent the identical outdated Cousin Chuck or Uncle Mike as their subsequent coach, will anyone have the ability to inform the distinction?
Any manner you spell Pagano or Munchak, it appears like John Fox.
At a time when a drained and stagnant NFL franchise desperately wants daring, new concepts, it appears to me what John Elway desires is a coach sufficiently old to chortle at Barney Fife once they sit down to observe “Andy Griffith Present” reruns at Broncos headquarters.
However that’s simply my snarky interpretation. Elway stated he desires a coach with expertise and the “It issue.” Along with his 60th birthday slightly greater than 18 months away, Elway is in a rush to win.
“If I say we’re ‘rebuilding,’ that appears like an excuse,” Elway insisted. “That’s why I don’t like to make use of that phrase, as a result of it appears like an excuse.”
Hey, all of us have our pet peeves. I don’t just like the phrase “broccoli.”
Nevertheless it’s time for the Broncos to eat their broccoli.
That is the place I’m alleged to endorse a candidate to be the subsequent Broncos coach, primarily so web peeps can remind me of my error from 2020 till eternity. OK, I’ll reveal my selection shortly. However earlier than doing so, please indulge these two factors:
No. 1: Mike Shanahan, actually sufficiently old to recollect Aunt Bee, Otis and all of the residents of Mayberry, is a extra achieved soccer coach than any of the 5 candidates being interviewed.
No. 2: With out a Corridor of Fame quarterback like Elway on his aspect, Shanahan’s file with the Raiders and Redskins was 32-52, which makes the resumes of Chuck Pagano and Mike Munchak look fairly good by comparability.
In different phrases: Within the NFL, it’s all in regards to the quarterback, silly. Even a knucklehead like me understands that. Whether or not the Broncos rent Pagano or Munchak or the ghost of Invoice Walsh, the chances are stacked 100-1 in opposition to them making a return journey to the Tremendous Bowl as long as Case Keenum is the beginning quarterback.
Broncos president Joe Ellis has not too long ago attracted heavy criticism from the fan base. The rationale, as finest I can inform, it’s primarily as a result of he’s no Mrs. Doubtfire at conserving these incorrigible Bowlen children in line.
Ellis, nonetheless, did utter the neatest phrases I heard when Denver started this seek for its fourth head coach since 2014. Does Broncos Nation, spoiled by many years of success with Pat Bowlen as proprietor, have the endurance to observe this staff rebuild?
“I’m not naïve,” Ellis stated. “We’ve got a methods to go. I feel our fan base understands that, however they wish to see progress and we have to have extra progress transferring ahead, no query about it.”
Nicely, to make actual progress actual quick, the very first thing the Broncos need to do is take a step backward. Does anybody give this staff a sensible likelihood to win the Tremendous Bowl subsequent season, no matter how effectively Elway does within the subsequent draft?
Growing younger expertise must be a better precedence in 2019 for the subsequent coach than making a run on the playoffs. In that regard, a graybeard akin to Pagano or Munchak is sensible. Elway must stockpile draft picks, even when meaning buying and selling cornerback Chris Harris Jr. or linebacker Von Miller.
Then exit and discover this staff’s subsequent nice quarterback within the 2020 draft, which figures to function Jake Fromm of Georgia and Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama. Let this be the Broncos’ quiet mantra for subsequent season: Bomb for Fromm. Tank for Tua.
What to do within the meantime? Not like many in these elements, I like the thought of Gary Kubiak returning to the teaching workers, as a result of he’s a natural-born trainer. Much more essential, Kube can function an efficient buffer between the brand new coach and the meddlesome tendencies of Elway.
Kubiak, nonetheless, shouldn’t be the offensive coordinator. That job ought to belong to Zac Taylor, the 35-year-old Los Angeles Rams assistant who has interviewed for head teaching gig. Make Taylor a proposal he can’t refuse to be OC. Let Kubiak tutor him, not in X’s and O’s, however within the nuances of main males.
The juice on Denver’s workers through the Fox period, which did produce 4 AFC West titles in as a few years, was supplied by a feisty, younger offensive assistant named Adam Gase. So there’s your template for Taylor’s mission. Deliver new concepts. Push the envelope. Act as a sage voice, when the Broncos aggressively pursue and purchase Fromm, Tagovailoa or a franchise quarterback in 2020.
So who’s my choose as the subsequent head coach of the Broncos?
It’s whoever is keen to make room for Taylor on the workers, whoever is best-suited to deal with the stress of shedding 9 or extra video games subsequent season, whoever can play the lengthy sport for a staff that’s rebuilding, even when Elway loathes admitting it.
Who’s that man?
I choose Cousin Chuck. However you may like Uncle Mike.
Both manner, it’s John Fox 2.0.