A day after Vic Fangio became the 17th head coach of the Denver Broncos, the coaching situation is up in the air even more than it was before.
Despite plenty of ground-laying maneuvers for former head coach Gary Kubiak to return to the Broncos sidelines as offensive coordinator, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the idea is now dead after a disagreement around personnel and philosophy.
Gary Kubiak wanted to bring in some of his familiar coaches and that was an assistant. In addition, the #Broncos wanted to move things forward on offense. Be innovative. All that went into it. https://t.co/heuRYnp5b4— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 11, 2019
As part of that process, the Broncos declined interview requests for Kubiak — who remains under contract as a senior personnel adviser — with the Atlanta Falcons for their OC role, which has now been filled by Dirk Koetter.
The Broncos now find themselves in a position where they have a head coach, but no offensive play caller.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the San Francisco 49ers declined a request from the Broncos to interview quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello.
Broncos denied permission to interview 49ers’ quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello for their offensive coordinator job, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 11, 2019
The big question for the Broncos is where do they go from here.
There is no shortage of experienced former offensive coordinators on the streets, with many of them fired in the last 12 months.
Fangio will be no stranger to some, including former Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell, former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, and former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.
Others currently without jobs include highly-regarded former Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, who suffered the misfortune of scheming for Blake Bortles, and former Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator
The Broncos could also take a look at Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken, who could be surplus to requirements now that Bruce Arians has landed in Tampa Bay.
Monken visited with Green Bay and the New York Jets for their head coach vacancies earlier this month and also interviewed with Cleveland for their OC vacancy.
Having burned through four offensive coordinators in four seasons, the Broncos need to get it right.
Case Keenum might not be the long-term answer at quarterback, but the Broncos’ 2018 rookie class showed that the club has a young nucleus on offense that needs to play now and continue to develop.
That means the right offensive coordinator and stability for their development and a coordinator that can help the team win on Sundays.
The Broncos have informed the Pittsburgh Steelers they intend to speak again with their offensive line coach Mike Munchak, who made a shortlist of two with Fangio for the head coach position and remained in Denver to visit family.
Despite being Tennessee Titans head coach from 2011-2013, Munchak does not have playcalling experience — offensive coordinators Chris Palmer and Dowell Loggains called plays — but the Hall of Fame guard would be the prime candidate to become the Broncos’ offensive line coach after his stellar work in Pittsburgh.