Broncos head coach candidate: Luke Getsy interviews hoping to make rare jump from position coach to head coach


Not including college coaches who have made the jump to running an NFL team, Cincinnati’s Zac Taylor is the only current coach who was hired despite no coordinator or play-calling experience.

That move has worked out for the Bengals, who won the AFC North and host Las Vegas in Saturday’s wild-card playoff round.

Might Luke Getsy be ready for the same rise?

The first step for Getsy, the 37-year old quarterbacks coach for the Green Bay Packers, was interviewing for the Broncos’ head-coaching vacancy Friday.

The second candidate to meet with Broncos general manager George Paton and his committee of team executives, Getsy wrapped up his meeting around 5:15 p.m. Friday according to the club.

The Broncos’ traveling party will interview Green Bay offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett on Saturday morning before flying back to the Denver area to wait out this weekend’s playoff games. They met with Detroit defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn on Thursday.

Eight candidates are on teams that play in the wild-card round and their interviews have not been scheduled: Brian Callahan (Cincinnati) and Jerod Mayo (New England) on Saturday, Dan Quinn/Kellen Moore (Dallas), Jonathan Gannon (Philadelphia) and Eric Bieniemy (Kansas City) on Sunday, and Kevin O’Connell (Los Angeles Rams) on Monday.

It is believed to be Paton’s preference is to do all interviews in-person.

Because the 13-4 Packers have the NFC’s only first-round bye, Getsy and Hackett can meet with interested teams. Hackett interviewed with Jacksonville on Friday and will also meet with Chicago on Saturday.

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Packers coach Matt LaFleur told reporters on Wednesday that Getsy has done an “outstanding job.”

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The Packers have made the playoffs in six of Getsy’s seven years on the staff.

Getsy started his college playing career as a quarterback at Pittsburgh, then transferred to Akron. In 2005-06, he set 24 individual school records and had a Mid-American Conference-leading 3,455 passing yards. He passed for 41 touchdowns in two seasons.

Getsy started his coaching career in 2007-08 as a graduate assistant at Akron under coach Joe Moorhead. From there, he was the offensive coordinator at West Virginia Wesleyan (’09), a graduate assistant at Pittsburgh (’10), …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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