The Denver Broncos did not waste much time starting their search for a new head coach.
Hours after confirming the departure of Vance Joseph after two disappointing seasons saw the Broncos lose back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1972, the Broncos sent interview requests to several teams.
The notable names include former Tennessee Titans head coach and now Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak, Los Angeles Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor, New England Patriots defensive coordinator Brian Flores, and Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.
Permission has already been received to interview Munchak and Fangio, according to Mike Klis.
Reviewing Broncos coaching search: Have permission to interview Mike Munchak, Vic Fangio. Still waiting on permission for Pats' Brian Flores. Talking with Chuck Pagano but don't have interview set up yet. Plan to talk to Mike McCarthy, see where he stands, thoughts, etc. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) December 31, 2018
The Broncos are also keen to visit with Boulder native Chuck Pagano, who was Indianapolis Colts head coach between 2012 and 2017, and former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, who won Super Bowl 45.
The Broncos are one of eight teams looking for a new head coach, but a lack of franchise quarterback could disinterest some candidates.
President of football operations/general manager John Elway told the media that he would cast a wide net in his search for the fourth head coach of his tenure.
“We like to get things going as fast as we can,” Elway said.
“When there’s competition out there, there’s always urgency to get in, get there and be as quick as we can, But, we also want to be very thorough in the search too.
“We’ve been in the process of sending out slips to be able to get permission to talk different things, which is the first step. At that point in time, we’re in the process of scheduling interviews right now.”
But that search will not include Adam Gase — fired by Miami on Black Monday — after Elway said that “at this point in time” the former Broncos quarterbacks coach is not a candidate.
Former Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan is also not a candidate, despite reports last month that Elway considered bringing back the three-time Super Bowl winner 12 months ago.
Despite firing Joseph, the Broncos have not moved on from offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave or defensive coordinator Joe Woods.
Elway told Joseph’s assistants, who are under contract, that they are free to look around.