With the Denver Broncos officially relieving Vance Joseph of his duties on Monday, the search for the next head coach has officially begun.
“We like to get things going as fast as we can,” John Elway told reporters. “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.”
A few of the rumored candidates at this point in time are Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak, Patriots defensive coordinator Brian Flores, Rams quarterback coach Zac Taylor, former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and former Colts head coach Chuck Pagano.
“I hope that we can hire a guy that can be here for the next 10 years, 15 years,” Elway said.”But it’s a tough league, and this league is about parity. It’s about creating that and when you’re good at some point in time, it’s going to catch up to you and that’s the great challenge.”
When asked if the Broncos would consider making a trade for Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, Elway said on Monday that the Broncos are up for exploring all avenues. But, according to Broncos insider Mike Klis, Denver would not be willing to include the No. 10 pick in a move for the veteran head coach.
Considering the Ravens are reportedly looking to receive two first round picks in exchange for Harbaugh, it seems unlikely that the 56-year old coach will be in Denver next season, especially if the Broncos are unwilling to include its 2019 first round pick. Though, anything is possible.
“I always listen to everything,” Elway said.
Whether it ends up being Harbaugh or any of the other various candidates, whoever land the job will have serious pressure to right the ship. After two years of underperforming, Broncos Country will accept nothing short of a return to dominance in the ensuing seasons.