The Denver Broncos are in the market for a new head coach following their firing of Nathan Hackett on Monday. Hacket coached the Broncos to a lackluster 4-11 record this season and they sit at the bottom of the AFC West despite their acquisition of nine-time Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson this year.
Hackett exits the job as the team’s head coach less than 12 months removed from his appointment, and it would be hard to argue that he deserved more time. The 51-14 Christmas loss to the Los Angeles Rams proved to be the final straw.
The Broncos will look to bring in a new lead man as soon as they can, which is cause for excitement. However, there’s also cause for concern given this latest update on Denver’s HC search.
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According to NFL insider Tom Pelissero, the Broncos’ owner and CEO, Greg Penner, has said that the new coach – whoever he is – will report to him and not the GM, George Paton. Pelissero noted that Paton will be involved in searching for the franchise’s new coach.
“Broncos owner and CEO Greg Penner says the next head coach will report to him, not to GM George Paton,” the journalist reported on Tuesday. “Says Paton will be intimately involved in the search.”
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Fans are understandably worried about this development as it raises questions over whether the Broncos are limiting their options as coaches might not be all that comfortable with reporting directly to the owner and not the GM. It also brings Paton’s job security into question.
A number of users have pointed out that such a system has worked out well for certain teams. Of course, they were being sarcastic.
In any case, Denver will be aggressively recruiting once the current NFL season is over. It’s being rumored that Sean Payton could come out of retirement to coach the Broncos. That, as well as everything else as it pertains to potential candidates, remains to be seen.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.