Some believe the Broncos could make a decision as soon as Wednesday

Some believe the Broncos could make a decision as soon as Wednesday

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The clock is ticking on five NFL head coaching vacancies. As is often the case, one will make the hire and then the others follow, often quickly.

Some believe the Broncos could go first, as soon as Wednesday. They were very surprised by 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans, who can’t hire anyone until the end of his team’s current season. Former Stanford coach David Shaw he has also appeared as a very viable candidate.

Sean Payton has more than a few jobs. The prospect of Payton waiting a year is starting to gain some traction. As of wild card weekend, we reported that it was a 50/50 proposition that Payton would take the job this year or wait until 2024.

Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn also interviewed for the Denver job. He coached the Falcons for six seasons, leading them to Super Bowl LI. It is believed he would bring former Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell with him. Former Seahawks quarterback or not Russell Wilson is on board with that option is not known.

Shaw is linked to fellow Broncos tight end Condoleezza Rice. During Shaw’s time at Stanford, He would help Shaw with recruiting. Recently, Mile Klis of identified Shaw as a potential “bedroom” for work.

Shaw, 50, has NFL experience as an assistant and spent 12 years as the head coach at Stanford. Another former Stanford coach with experience as an NFL assistant became the 49ers’ head coach at age 47. His name was Bill Walsh. Former Stanford coaches who excelled in the NFL include Dennis Green and Jim Harbaugh.

The Broncos have had three straight coaches who won the job with no prior coaching experience. The last coach, Nathaniel Hackett, was a disaster.

While many believe the Broncos will now look to hire a former NFL head coach, Shaw’s experience running a major college program for a dozen years could be seen as good as NFL head coaching experience, especially since (unlike the last former college head). coach who failed quickly in the NFL), Shaw has nine years of experience working with NFL teams.

The connection to Rice should not be overlooked, as he has been directly involved in interviews with Denver coaching candidates. Knowledge always helps a head coach when rolling the dice, and Rice has plenty of it with Shaw.

At a time when the football program needs stability and calm, Rice’s comfort level with Shaw becomes a real advantage, especially since the rest of the new ownership group is inexperienced when it comes to selecting a head coach.

Another team executive recently explained to PFT that owners often get overwhelmed with the hiring process for coaches because, despite their success in other lines of work, they ultimately don’t know what to look for when hiring. head coach

If the Walton-Penner team sees fit to bring Rice on board as an owner and involve them in the process, his voice can be heard when it comes time to make an option, as the rest of the ownership groups won’t be able to start. To shape arguments against Shaw or for someone else. So if Shaw is good enough for Rice, Shaw may be good enough for majority owners Greg Penner, Rob Walton and Carrie Walton Penner and limited partners Mellody Hobson and Sir Lewis Hamilton.

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