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Broncos Paton begins the search for a replacement for Fangio

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Before George Paton begins his quest to find the right quarterback for the Denver Broncos, he must find the right coach.

“I know how important that position is. It is the most important position in sport,” said the general manager. “But we focus on the coach. If you can get the right leader – then the most important thing right now is to find the right leader. We will get midfielders; We will get the positions. The leadership and head coach being right for this team is the number 1 priority.”

Obviously, Vic Fangio is not the right coach. He was fired on Sunday after losing a record third in three seasons and leaving Denver with a 19-30 record, a frustrated fan base that led to tens of thousands of empty seats at Empower Field. at Mile High and lots of former players. praising Paton for showing that defeat is unacceptable.

The Broncos have gone through 10 different starting quarterbacks since Hall of Famer Peyton Manning retired after winning Super Bowl 50. And they’re looking for their fifth head coach in that span.

Gary Kubiak won 9-7 and fell, exhausted just a year after leading Denver to a third Super Bowl championship. Vance Joseph was fired after going 11-21 for two years, and Fangio was axed after going 19-30, including 7-10 in 2021.

That’s 39 wins in 97 games since the Broncos beat Carolina in Super Bowl 50.

Although pending free agent Teddy Bridgewater or Drew Lock, who has a contract in 2022, could return to a backup role next season, many expected Paton to find the money. Defend the team’s sixth start in six years either in the pool of college applicants, free agent or through the blockbuster trade.

He’s got plenty of opportunities: over $50 million in salary cap and 11 draft picks, including 5 of the top 100, to do whatever it takes.

First, he wants to focus on finding a replacement for Fangio.

Accompanying the candidate

The short list of requests for interviews including Dallas Cowboys coordinators Dan Quinn, 51, and Kellen Moore, 33, along with Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, 42, and the Patriots inside quarterbacks coach Jerod Mayo, 35 age.

Also present in the interview with Paton were Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, 52, who surprisingly didn’t receive any calls last year, and Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon . 39.

Mayo is the only person on that list who hasn’t had coordinator experience, but he’s seen as an aggressive man like Moore, a third-year offensive coordinator whose Cowboys have led the NFL in terms of achievement. score in 2021.

INSTRUCTIONS CHANGE

With five consecutive losing seasons and six years of playoff drought, the Broncos are entering a season of big changes, not just in the coach and quarterback.

The $3.5 billion franchise is expected to go on sale this year and both team chairman and CEO Joe Ellis and football executive John Elway will step down this year. .

BACKGROUND AND ANGLE

Although Paton’s first draft class of Patrick Surtain II, Javonte Williams, Quinn Meinerz, Baron Browning, Caden Sterns and Jonathon Cooper paid dividends immediately, Paton said it was just the beginning of a change. big.

“We need to bring in more players. There’s a background that I feel really, very good about,” he said.

Led by safety Justin Simmons and Surtain, Denver’s defense was once again the best unit of the team. But it doesn’t produce the lessons learned in one clip well enough.

The attack was stuck in a neutral position with players Jerry Jeudy (zero touchdowns), Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick struggling to get to the top of their routes before pressure piled on Bridgewater or Lock.

In a tight finish, Noah Fant was the team lead with just 68 catches. Patrick led the team with five TD catches, and Sutton had just two touchdowns.

GROUND CONTROL

Melvin Gordon and Williams’ rushed parallelism combined for 2,336 shots and 16 touchdowns, but the ground game lasted for four slips to end the season.

Gordon has also had some important fumbles, including once being turned around by Nick Bolton Touch down 86 yards helped Captain Kansas City win 28-24 in Denver in Saturday’s finale.

CONTENT WEEKLY

The Broncos only scored 18.94 points a game, the third lowest in the league, but they only scored 19.7 points a game, among the NFL’s worst. Since averaging 30 points a game during the four-year Manning era, the Broncos have averaged 19.81 points over the past six seasons.

NEXT STEP

Paton needs to follow through on his promising first draft class by finding the right coach, then pitching the right quarterback and building around him through free agency and draft so the Broncos have can compete again in the AFC West.

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Emma Bowman

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