Who will be the Broncos’ next head coach?

As general manager George Paton and the Broncos prepare to embark on a series of interviews with 10 reported candidates for the team’s head coach position, Denver draws closer to the appointment of its next head coach .

Before the decision was made, however, we wanted to get a feel for how members of the Denver media view the competition.

DenverBroncos.com polled a collection of those who regularly cover the team to ask a simple question:

Who will be the Broncos’ next head coach?

Benjamin Allbright, KOA News Radio: Dan Quinn, Cowboys Defensive Coordinator

“I predict it will be Dan Quinn. Quinn is the only HC interviewed with actual experience on his CV as an HC. Quinn’s defenses as a DC have always been at or near the top of the league. was HC, he never finished offensive outside of the top 8 despite turnover at OC. “

Romi Bean, CBS Denver: Nathaniel Hackett, Packers offensive coordinator

“Hackett is ready to take the plunge to become a head coach. He has experience in the game and did wonders in Jacksonville, leading them to the AFC Championship in 2017 with Blake Bortles as quarterback. . Now he’s a key part of the high-powered Packers. While George Paton has said he’s more concerned with leadership qualities than which side of the ball the coach is coming from, Hackett appears to be the better. of Both Worlds – an energetic and creative leader with the offensive prowess to mend a Broncos offense in need of serious TLC. “

Taylor Brooks, FOX31: Dan Quinn

“George Paton said the main thing he looked for in this head coaching position was leadership. What better leader than Dan Quinn? A guy Paton already has a relationship with. A guy who has so much respect for him. If Dan Quinn gets the job, there’s no doubt he’ll also bring an impressive offensive coordinator here who can help sort out the offensive issues and get this team back to the playoffs. ”

Mike Klis, 9 NEWS: Dan Quinn

“I think it will be Dan Quinn, but I think it should be Kellen Moore. In the end, I think Paton will go with the candidate that he knows he can work with and has coaching experience with- Chief. Me? The Broncos should go for the home run and try to find the next Sean McVay, who I think is Kellen Moore. The coordinator behind the No. 1 offense is here to be. “

Nick Kosmider, Athletics: Nathaniel Hackett

“George Paton said the Broncos were looking for a coach who” would run the whole operation, “but we would be naive to think of putting in place someone who can revive the team’s offense – and the quarterback in Particular – isn’t high on the priority list. Hackett appears to be a candidate who would fulfill Paton’s No.1 priority: leadership. He has received rave reviews in each of his NFL stops for how which he connects with a energized player, both on the training ground and in meetings. Taking that in front of the whole team on a daily basis as a head coach would be a natural transition. Then there’s his job. with quarterbacks. Hackett called up the Jaguars when they reached the AFC championship game after the 2017 season, helping Blake Bortles in the only winning season of his career at Jacksonville. In the man’s three years 42 years old as offensive coordinator at G reen Bay, Aaron Rodgers had some of the best numbers of his career, throwing for 111 tou chdowns and just 13 steals during that streak. Hackett’s resume – he also called plays as the Bills’ offensive coordinator and has been in the NFL since 2006 – says he’s up for a shot at being a head coach, and adjustment to Denver looks solid. “

Brandon Krisztal, KOA News Radio: Dan Quinn

“The job makes it feel like it’s up to him to lose it, if he wants to. The Cowboys defensive coordinator, obviously, has other contenders. ‘DQ’ is a positive and energetic coach, including the players loved him so much in Atlanta, they basically pushed for a year longer than what the Falcons owner maybe wanted. Plus, his relationship with Paton certainly won’t hurt. If Quinn takes a job elsewhere, I think Nathaniel Hackett would be a perfect fit in Denver. “

Andrew Mason, DNVR: Dan Quinn

George Paton said on January 9 that he wanted someone to ‘run the whole operation’, not just one side of the ball. Quinn is the perfect fit, with his defensive background, inspiring leadership qualities and ability. proven to identify the right coaches for offense, as evidenced by the fact that Atlanta was in the top eight for total offense in each of its full seasons there as a head coach – under three different coordinators. “

Darren McKee, 104.3 The Fan: Dan Quinn

“I think Dan Quinn will be the next head coach. While there will be many interesting candidates, it is clear that the focus has been on LEADERSHIP. Quinn brings the most experience in this department to the table. Hackett and [Eric] Bienemy would be my next two choices. The divider would be the specific experience of a head coach. In addition, Quinn will have a choice, so the Broncos have to recruit him somewhat, which reduces the time to make the decision. The good news is, the Broncos ARE the best location for ANY coach. So the Broncos are the best job and have their guy. “

Ryan O’Halloran, Denver Post: Nathaniel Hackett

“Hackett is my choice because he has assets to play (Buffalo / Jacksonville), a winning experience (Jacksonville / Green Bay) and would bring new ideas and new energy to a Broncos team that needs both.

Troy Renck, Denver7: Dan Quinn

“Lots of young and dynamic personalities. So no guarantee that [Brian] Callahan, Hackett and [Kevin] O’Connell doesn’t win the interview, but Quinn’s experience as a head coach, his successful attacks as a head coach and his caffeinated energy give him a slight advantage for me. “

Arnie Stapleton, Associated Press: Kellen Moore, Cowboys offensive coordinator

“George Paton will be tempted to hire old pal Dan Quinn, but he really should look the other side of the ball in Dallas and catch Kellen Moore before anyone else does. Enough with the infractions for years. 1970’s uncreative and snooze-fest in Denver! Bet Paton will catch the new young offensive master who is all the rage in the NFL and rekindles a team that has been on standby since Peyton Manning’s retirement. “

George Stoia, Denver Gazette: Nathaniel Hackett

“I think Hackett checks a lot of boxes for the Broncos. He’s relatively young, well-liked by players and has had success in this league, beyond what he did with Aaron Rodgers at Green Bay.”

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