The search for the next Denver Broncos head coach is expected to ramp up next week after the franchise’s season officially ends. It’s important that whoever the next head coach is, is the right candidate and not just a big name.

Denver Broncos head coaching search expected to ramp up next week

For the last week and a half, the Denver Broncos have begun the background collection on candidates they’d like to interview for their vacant head coaching job for 2023. It’s imperative that whoever the Broncos decide to proceed forward with as their next head coach, whichever candidate it may be needs to be the right person for the job. Next week, the process will accelerate even further as the team puts in requests to interview potential candidates.

Ever since former head coach Gary Kubiak retired and stepped down in 2016, the Broncos have had three different head coaches in the last six years. Organizational continuity is something that is becoming a priority now that the Walton-Penner family ownership group is officially in place. CEO Greg Penner wants to restore the winning tradition of the franchise. Vance Joseph lasted two years, Vic Fangio lasted three years, and Nathaniel Hackett didn’t even last his first full year as the man in charge of leading the Broncos.

Now the Broncos find themselves in a unique position of undergoing extensive changes once again, but hopefully, this will be the last time for a long time.

Many fans in Broncos Country are attached to the idea that a big-name experienced coach will be the solution that changes the landscape for how the team plays. It’s certainly possible that a big-name experienced coach could very well change how things have gone. However, the best candidate may not be experienced or a big name.

Big names like Sean Payton and Jim Harbaugh have been thrown out on paper as top candidates for the upcoming job for the Broncos. While those names very well could bring their experience winning games to Denver, they may not be the best for the job or best for the roster. Broncos defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero could very well be the best man for the job if he interviews for it.

Broncos inside linebacker Josey Jewell believes that Evero would make a great head coach who operates like a CEO.

“He’s a great leader,” Jewell told Mile High Sports on Thursday. “You’ve seen the defense, it’s a reflection of him. Communication is unbelievable through him. There’s no disguise, there’s no hidden thing, he’s going to let you know how he feels. He’s going to let you know how to play certain things. There are no questions left at the end of the day which is the biggest thing. Whether it be going out there on defense for a game or during practice, we know exactly what we’re doing. I just say that transparency of him being fully there and never holding anything back is very important. And as you saw, he brings us all together.”

It’s not always about who is the best coach from an X’s and O’s approach, but who could be the best coach at leading men because ultimately that is what football is all about. When it comes down to it, X’s and O’s have their value and place within the confines of the game, but having a strong team culture that builds resilient, disciplined players matter more when tangible things are on the line.

While the appeal of Payton, Harbaugh, and Quinn are popular on paper, the Broncos should exhaust every option and be thorough in their search for their next head coach including interviewing those aforementioned names.

The next hire for the Denver Broncos has to be the right one as cliche as it sounds if the organization truly hopes to establish continuity to get back to winning football games and restoring the tradition that was set under late owner Pat Bowlen. Penner believes in this and the process will play out this next month and a half.