The Denver Broncos have hired Rich Scangarello to be their new offensive coordinator, completing their key coaching acquisitions for the 2019 season.
Scangarello, who worked under Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta and San Francisco, is a first-time coordinator charged with transforming the Broncos’ lackluster offense.
The 46-year-old’s appointment after a two-day interview process means the Broncos will have a first-time head coach, as well as first-time offensive and defensive coordinators.
Only special teams coordinator Tom McMahon, who joined the Broncos in 2018 from Indianapolis and was retained by Vic Fangio, has experience leading a unit.Embed from Getty Images
But Scangarello was praised for his work as quarterbacks coach in San Francisco, where he worked with veteran Brian Hoyer, rookie CJ Beathard, trade acquisition Jimmy Garoppolo, and undrafted rookie Nick Mullens, who was the 49ers’ starter when they defeated the Broncos in December 2018.
“With the addition of Rich Scangarello as our offensive coordinator, we’re getting an experienced coach who was a trusted and valued assistant with Kyle Shanahan for three seasons,” Fangio said.
“He worked wonders with all the quarterbacks who started for San Francisco during the previous two years as quarterbacks coach.
“With his background and knowledge, it’s the perfect time for Rich to be an offensive coordinator in the NFL.
“I find this opportunity for Rich very similar to when I first became a defensive coordinator many years ago, and he is ready to take this step in his career.”
After four starting quarterbacks in two years, the Broncos still need to find their franchise quarterback, and Scangarello could be the man to both find and develop that player should the club go down the draft route.
The Broncos had the 27th ranked offense for points scored in 2017 and saw only a modest improvement to 24th in 2018 with a new quarterback and a raft of young talent from the 2018 NFL draft.
Mullens’ work developing quarterbacks could be critical for the Broncos after
“Obviously, we’ve got to—Case [Keenum] is probably a short-term fix—find the long-term guy for us,” Elway said.
“When we do find that guy, we’ve got to have the continuity on the offensive side to where we can train him and develop him and get him there. This is our fourth offense in probably three or four years.
“Quarterbacks need to be developed. You don’t find one ready-made. We got to have a solid system in place for when we do go after whatever guy it may be, a young guy or
As well as developing a quarterback, Scangarello will draw up the offensive scheme and call plays with Fangio focused on defense.
The 49ers had initially denied the Broncos’ request to interview Scangarello but eventually relented.