Won’t this coaching search ever end?


Denver Post Broncos writer Parker Gabriel posts his Broncos Mailbag weekly during the season. Submit questions to Parker here.

Hi Parker, this is more of a comment than a question. It looks like there’s a decent chance the Broncos are going to hire another first-year head coach. I’m okay with that but I think I speak for Broncos Country when I say, we don’t want to hear we’ve got to be patient and let them grow into the role. I hope the new owners understand that our loyalty is dangling by a thread, as is the home sellout streak!

— Brandon, Rogers, Minn.

Hey Brandon,

Seems you’re likely referring to San Francisco defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans, who now appears to be the favorite for the Houston job rather than the Broncos job.

He and Denver defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero were the only two potential first-timers the Broncos interviewed this year, though if they do end up opening up the search rather than narrowing it down — that hasn’t happened yet — a few others could be on the list. Cincinnati coordinators Brian Callahan and Lou Anarumo, New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Kafka and Philadelphia defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon have all drawn interest elsewhere.

In general, it’s worth keeping in mind a couple things: The Walton-Penner Family Ownership Group didn’t hire Denver’s past three first-time head coaches, so they perhaps are less burned by those failures than the fanbase feels. And, if you go into a hiring process with a truly open mind, you never know who’s going to really impress.

Have the new owners of the Broncos said anything about their feelings regarding the hiring and firing process being so public, in contrast to the much more private doings of their usual corporate business?

— Fred Waiss, Prairie du Chien, Wis.

Fred! Prairie du Chien, excellent. The Homeland.

They have not said anything about it, but their actions speak plenty. They’ve operated with much less transparency than last year’s coaching search. Last year, Denver acknowledged each candidate when interviews ended, had videos, etc. This year? Nada. The only specific thing anybody has said about the search was general manager George Paton on Dec. 27 saying they were hoping to interview Evero. They did after the season ended, but he doesn’t appear to be in contention for the job and it’s been radio silence besides that.

Not saying it’s good, bad or otherwise. But it’s clear Greg Penner and Co. don’t think it’s in their best interest to say anything about the search. Hasn’t stopped the reporting efforts, of course, nor has it slowed the rumor mill. There’s always water to turn that thing.


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