The most difficult sale to a potential Broncos coach candidate may be the absence of an established quarterback. With a potential opening with the Raiders comes the opportunity to coach Derek Carr, who has established himself as one of the league’s top 10-12 quarterbacks by most measures. The Jaguars and Bears, if they fire Matt Nagy, feature talented young quarterbacks in Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields, who have not been proven successful but have vast potential that a coach may be keen to cultivate and to develop. The Broncos, meanwhile, have no clear answer with Teddy Bridgewater now entering free agency and replacement Drew Lock entering the final year of his rookie contract. It’s a tough situation to deal with when you join arguably the best division for the NFL’s overall quarterback with Carr, Justin Herbert of the Chargers and former MVP Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs.
“Obviously, I know how important this position is,” said general manager George Paton, who added that the Broncos would begin asking permission to interview head coach candidates on Monday. “This is the most important position in sport. But we focus on the coach. If you can find the right leader, that’s the most important thing right now. Then we’ll have the quarterback and we’ll have the other positions. Leadership and the right head coach for this soccer team is the # 1 priority.
There is of course no benefit in Paton publicly sharing his plan to improve the quarterback position. But it will certainly be a topic of conversation for any coach considering the job in Denver. Coaches and NFL quarterbacks are often inextricably linked, and candidates will want to know what kind of situation they find themselves in when it comes to this partnership.
First head coach search for general manager George Paton is just a domino in pivotal offseason for the Broncos