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Broncos’ top candidate revealed in HC search: report

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During one of the slowest head coaching searches in NFL history, the Denver Broncos have continued their search for their next leader.

As the offseason began, the Broncos had two top contenders on their wish list, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.

According to Fox Sports’ Brock Huard on Jan. 24, Harbaugh was Denver’s first pick, but he pulled out.

“Harbaugh was her type. This is not from the team side, on pretty good account that if he really wanted it and he thought about it, that job was his,” Huard said. “I ended up just picking the kids and the student athletes, the young guys there, all of whom came to school for him because of this job in Denver, which was a surprise to me.”

A source also told me that Denver was also all in on Harbaugh as the top pick.

Ian Rapoport also reported that there was interest between Harbaugh and the Broncos.

Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd said he thinks Harbaugh is a better fit in Denver than Payton. post on twitter that his “style suits the Broncos perfectly”.

“Harbaugh’s calling card – college and professional – [is] He builds strong offensive lines and executes plays.” Cowherd said on January 10th on his radio show. “He did it at Stanford, he did it in the 49ers, he did it in Michigan. He does three for three, builds O-lines and builds running games.

If Harbaugh were to train in Denver, he would need to fix the Broncos’ offensive line, which posted the NFL’s worst 63 sacks, tying the franchise record for most in a season (1963).

“They’re rebuilding the O-Line, that’s what Jim does,” Cowherd said. “Javonte Williams, a rising star running back got hurt, he comes back and then you ask Russell Wilson to use his agility like he told Andrew Luck, Colin Kaepernick, Alex Smith. Harbaugh had the mobile quarterback and he always did it the same way. We have a blueprint for Jim, Denver is the blueprint.”

Denver’s rushing attack was mid-table in the NFL at just 113.8 rushing yards per game. On a West Coast offense, the running game needs to be effective and a top priority, and it wasn’t for the Broncos this season.

While Harbaugh coached the San Francisco 49ers from 2011-14, his rushing attacks in the NFL never ranked lower than eighth and he had a top-four offense in three of the four years. San Francisco averaged 139.2 yards per game on the ground over Harbaugh’s four seasons.

As the Broncos coach search continues, it appears there has been a new favorite for Denver over Payton.

“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.”

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.”

So far, the Broncos have not scheduled a second interview with any candidate, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

“To my knowledge, Broncos CEO Greg Penner has started trimming the rest of this list.” according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.



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