Broncos coaching search begins with seven interview requests

A day after promising to be “open-minded” during his first Broncos coaching search, general manager George Paton cast a wide net by requesting to meet with seven candidates ranging in age from 33-52 and NFL experience from 4-19 years.

Confirmed by league sources, the Broncos filed paperwork Monday with the NFL office to interview Green Bay offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Philadelphia defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon, New England inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo, Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell and Dallas offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.

Because the Packers have a first-round playoff bye, Hackett is eligible to conduct interviews this week and is already scheduled to visit with Jacksonville. The other four coaches, if they choose, can meet with the Broncos on Sunday (Mayo), Monday (Bieniemy, Gannon, Moore and Quinn) and next Tuesday (O’Connell) after their teams’ first-round playoff games, win or lose.

The Broncos and Jaguars were joined Monday on the coaching market by Chicago, Miami and Minnesota.

Despite a streak of six consecutive non-playoff seasons and consistent tumult at the quarterback position, the Broncos’ job is believed to be attractive.

“You have a good general manager that coaches will want to work with, you have some nice pieces on defense, a really good receiving corps and a stud running back with (Javonte) Williams,” a league source told The Denver Post. “Obviously, the reason why Vic (Fangio) got fired is the quarterback and that’s the key piece they need to figure out.”

The source ranked the five openings as the Broncos, Miami, Chicago, Minnesota and Jacksonville.

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Variety of candidates

Among the first six candidates, only Quinn has previous head-coaching experience at any level. A closer look at each coach:

+ Bieniemy, 52, has been the Chiefs’ non-play-calling coordinator for four years and been in the NFL for 13 years. A player at Colorado, he later had two stints on the Buffs’ coaching staff (2001-02 and ’11-12).

+ Gannon, 39, is a first-year coordinator and was Minnesota’s assistant defensive backs coach from 2014-17 when Paton was in the Vikings’ front office.

+ Hackett, 42, is in his 13th NFL season. He called the plays as the coordinator in Buffalo (2013-14) and Jacksonville (mid-2016 to mid-’18) and is in his third year with the Packers.

+ Mayo, 35, made 803 tackles in 103 games for the Patriots before moving into coaching in 2019.

+ Moore, 33, went right from Cowboys’ backup quarterback to quarterbacks coach and has called the plays for the past three years.

+ O’Connell, 36, spent time as a player with five teams before moving into coaching with Cleveland in 2015. He has worked for the Browns, San Francisco, Washington and joined the Rams in 2020 as a non-play-calling offensive coordinator.

+ Quinn, 51, is in his 19th pro season and first with the Cowboys after going 43-42 (3-2 playoffs) as Atlanta’s coach from 2015-20. When Quinn was Miami’s defensive line coach in 2005-06, Paton was the Dolphins’ director of pro personnel.

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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports

      

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