Broncos need winning head coach in 2019

Vance Joseph is still on the hot seat after another calamitous defeat

With the Denver Broncos on a bye in week 10 and no real desire to rewatch games from this season, we asked some of our contributors to assess the Broncos’ 3-6 record, what they’re hoping to see in the final seven weeks of 2018, and what 2019 and beyond should bring.

This is part five of our roundtable featuring Broncos Europe TV’s Michael McQuaid and Colum Cronin, and columnist Kade Rucker looking at one of the most important decisions the Denver Broncos will make in the coming months.

Who do you want to be the Broncos’ next head coach?

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Kade: This is a difficult one. Should the Broncos try their hand again at another “up-and-comer” or go with a proven veteran as head coach?

They took a risk by going with Vance “Leader of Men” Joseph over Kyle Shanahan two years ago. Now all of Broncos Country is saying “I told you so!”

Many teams are looking for the next “great minds” of football that could bring their teams back to glory, but if chosen wrong, could set their franchise back a few years or more.

The list of potential head coaching candidates will probably be extensive, but so will the probable head coaching vacancies at the end of the year. The Cleveland Browns are already without a head coach.

The Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens, and Jacksonville Jaguars could all potentially join the Broncos in a head coaching search at the end of the season.

The Broncos are probably not the most attractive spot without a bonafide quarterback, a weak offensive line, and holes in the secondary, but they do have promising young players to build off.

If the Broncos go with someone new, let it be someone that has had some success at head coaching. Washington head coach Chris Petersen has enjoyed success building up programs that had become irrelevant in both Boise State — also Broncos — and now in Washington.

He seems to know what it takes to win games without the best players in the country. He has a .809 (136-32) win percentage as a head coach, took Boise State to the Fiesta Bowl in 2007, and is considered an innovative offensive mind.

Colum: Elway won’t relinquish enough control to woo John Harbaugh. David Shaw at Stanford seems the most likely candidate.

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Michael: ABJ. Anyone But Joseph. 

In all seriousness, the next hire must have the three following checks:

  1. imHas coached in the NFL before
    2. Has experience of a Playoff/Super Bowl run
    3. Has a winning record as HC

    John Harbaugh. How on earth can Elway turn him down? It’s evident that this team is 2-3 years away from challenging again. Let’s see him bring in someone who has experience of winning it all. 

Part six of our roundtable, looking at players in 2019, will be online Friday morning

About Paul Thomas 202 Articles
Paul is one of Broncos Europe's main contributors, based in London, England. When not providing us with the latest Denver Broncos news, he can be found in a sports bar watching any sport. A long-time Broncos fan, he tries to forget many of the bad pre-Manning years.

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