Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Broncos are down to two finalists for HC Job: report

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Less than a month after the season ended for the Denver Broncos, they’ve been searching for their next head coach who can bring them back to the successful franchise they’re known for.

After searching high and low, it appears the Broncos are down to two finalists.

The Broncos are expected to make a decision between San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans and former Stanford head coach David Shaw as early as Jan. 25, according to Pro Football Talk.

Ryans impressed the Broncos selection committee in his interview, but he can’t be hired until the 49ers’ season is over. San Francisco plays the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship on January 29th.

Shaw, on the other hand, can be hired at any time.

While many thought the Broncos were swinging around the fences for former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, that doesn’t appear to be the case.

“To my knowledge, Broncos CEO Greg Penner has started trimming the rest of this list.” according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. “The other name to watch here is 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans.” Pelissero added, “Don’t count Ryans out just yet.”

After Harbaugh turned down the Broncos and decided to return to Michigan, reports surfaced that Denver may also have been knocked out by Payton.

Mike Evans of 104.3 The Fan in Denver said, “The idea that’s popped up and I’ve heard is that Sean Payton has some character issues that might put Greg Penner off.”

In the same video, Darren McKee said he heard the same thing.

“Wow, you’re the third person to tell me something like this about what you’ve heard about him behind the scenes in the last 12 hours.”

Schefter also reported that Payton will be in New Orleans for the next few days filming a commercial after his Jan. 23 interview with the Carolina Panthers.

On Jan. 18, 9News’ Mike Klis reported in Denver that Shaw had emerged as a “sleeper” candidate for the Broncos.

Broncos CEO and team owner Greg Penner will lead the search for the head coach along with his wife Carrie, who is also an owner, and minority owner Condoleezza Rice.

All three owners have something in common with Shaw, they were all connected to Stanford.

Rice has a strong connection to Shaw and knows him quite well. In fact, Rice Shaw helped with his recruitment at Stanford.

Rice attended Stanford, where she was a professor and administrator from January 2001 to January 2009, before the nation’s capital beckoned her. She served as National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush during his first term and as Secretary of State during his second term.

Both Greg and Carrie also attended Stanford during college and have been supporters of the school for years.

Shaw also spent nine years in the NFL as an assistant coach for the Eagles, Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens.

Denver is expected to hold a second round of interviews this week, but so far the Broncos have not scheduled a second interview with any candidate, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Broncos CEO and team owner Greg Penner will lead the search for the head coach along with his wife Carrie, who is also an owner, and minority owner Condoleezza Rice.

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