As of Tuesday night, word around the league is that the Broncos are finalizing a decision on their next head coach. Five days later, a report says they’re back to square one.
ESPN.com’s Jeremy Fowler reports the Broncos have Recently researched other candidates, should they need to expand their training search. One candidate, according to the report, is Giants offensive coordinator Mike Kafka.
This is not normal. Three weeks after the end of the season and five weeks after a job vacancy should not be the time to start doing more research on other candidates.
It’s unclear why the Broncos are spinning their wheels. Nobody (except interim coach Jerry Rosberg) wanted the job? Are they not sending enough Wal-Mart money to this point?
Or are there too many cooks in the kitchen? Do some in the franchise prefer one candidate (like 49ers defensive coordinator DiMeco Ryans) but others prefer someone else?
Regardless of the specific reason, the idea is that they can’t get the people they want, or they don’t know who they want.
The process must be frustrating for CEO Greg Benner (pictured). Although it was sold to many correspondents “Due diligence,” Penner got on a plane and went to talk to Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh in person — after Harbaugh decided to stay after a virtual interview — saying the Broncos liked Harbaugh more than Harbaugh liked the Broncos. Penner is skilled enough in looks and power dynamics to realize that it would be very different if Harbaugh goes than if Harbaugh comes to him.
Despite the narrative they push to the media, it feels like the Broncos went after Harbaugh, Harbaugh said “no thanks”, the Broncos went after him again, Harbaugh said “thanks” again.
There is a good chance that money will come. The Denver ownership group is by far the richest in the league. Top candidates (There may be many) expect more than Regular amount of spinach Before taking the job.
For example, former Saints coach Sean Payton wants at least $20 million a year. How can they not reliably buy ownership?
The reality is that raising the expected price will be a challenge for the next coach to fix the quarterback. Russell Wilson. At this point it’s basically risk pay.
Penner and other Wal-Mart moguls are getting a lesson in the dangers of owning and operating an NFL team. Big decisions have to be made, time is of the essence, and concept quickly becomes reality.
Right now, the perception is that the Broncos can’t get who they want, don’t know who they want, or some of the two.
Here’s an idea. If Search really falters, take a close look at what the Bengals’ defense does against tonight Patrick Mahomes And the Chiefs, and perhaps hiring Cincinnati defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo, will have to wait another two weeks to interview him.