Who’s next? 11 candidates to replace Nathaniel Hackett as Broncos coach – The Denver Post


Broncos general manager George Paton and owner/CEO Greg Penner vowed to immediately begin the search for Nathaniel Hackett’s replacement after firing the first-year head coach on Monday. A list of potential candidates:

The in-house option

Ejiro Evero

Age: 41

Current job: Denver defensive coordinator

Coaching experience: Evero is in his first year as a coordinator. Before that, he spent five seasons on the Los Angeles Rams staff, first as cornerbacks coach (2017-20), then overseeing the secondary and defensive passing game in 2021. He’s also coached in Green Bay (2016), San Francisco (2011-15) and Tampa Bay (2007-08). Evero has learned from some of the best defensive minds in the NFL, including Raheem Morris, Wade Phillips, Vic Fangio and Monte Kiffin.

Analysis: Players rave about Evero’s scheme, his smarts and his leadership. He’s going to get head coaching interviews after the season and his star is on the rise. At the same time, he’s been a coordinator for just one season and the Broncos have failed with three consecutive first-time head coaches. There’s risk in putting someone in the big chair for the first time. Evero’s going to get a chance. The question is when and where.

Already interviewed last year

Dan Quinn

Age: 52

Current job: Dallas defensive coordinator

Coaching experience: Quinn’s been mostly in the NFL since 2001 and spent his first four years in San Francisco as a quality control coach (2001-02) and defensive line coach (2003-04). He coached the d-line for two-year stints in Miami, New York (Jets) and Seattle through 2010, then coordinated defenses for the University of Florida (2011-12) and the Sehawks (2013-14). He won a Super Bowl in Seattle with Russell Wilson as the quarterback before landing the Atlanta head coaching job in 2015. He compiled a 43-42 record there including seasons with 11 and 10 wins, a pair of playoff appearances and the infamous 28-3 lead against New England in the Super Bowl. He was fired after an 0-5 start to the 2020 season. He’s been the defensive coordinator in Dallas the past two seasons.

Analysis: Quinn was a finalist for Denver’s job last winter and is likely to have opportunities again this time around. His defense has been terrific in Dallas and he’s got a history with Broncos general manager George Paton – they spent 2005-06 in Miami together. There’s a lot of talent on this Broncos defense to work with, too. He’d have to find a coordinator and offensive staff that can coach Wilson hard and get him back into productive form.

Brian Callahan

Age: 38

Current job: Cincinnati offensive coordinator

Coaching experience: Calllahan broke into the NFL as an assistant with Denver, working in various capacities from 2010-15. He spent 2016-17 as Detroit’s quarterbacks coach, then 2018 as the Raiders’. … Since then has been the offensive coordinator for Zac Taylor in Cincinnati.

Analysis: Callahan would be a familiar name and he helps orchestrate one of the game’s best offenses in Cincinnati. He’s also a similar profile to Hackett in the sense that he’s an offensive-minded coach’s kid who would be tasked with a head job for the first time.

The big fish

Sean Payton

Age: 58

Current job: None. Taking a year off.


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