With the search ongoing for a new head coach, we’ve heard that leadership is the highest demand in what George Paton is looking for in the hiring process. But a close second that Paton mentioned was having a clear plan for the offense.
I’m pondering today what kind of plan a potential head coach would come up with when the quarterback situation in Denver is as abysmal as it is with no clear answer at who should take starting snaps next season for the Broncos.
One thing that I think this line of questioning should get into is what the coach would do with the roster as it stands. This will give you insight into how well the candidate knows your players and just what kind of vision he has for utilizing their potential.
Do you bring a system in that is going to revolve around zone schemes, power schemes, 11 personnel, or shotgun RPO? The answer given may indicate how much you are going to plan your offense to fit the players or how much work Paton will need to do in order to get the right players for the coach’s system.
I’m starting to take my deep dive on the roster and it has me thinking quite a bit about the offense. The obvious first thing that the next head coach needs is a quarterback. Teddy Bridgewater is a free agent, Drew Lock is a 3rd-year quarterback who looks very much like he’s at or close to his ceiling, and Brett Rypien simply doesn’t have the requisite ability to be considered as a starter. The head coach will need to work very heavily with Paton to solve this conundrum or make the decision to push on the 2022 season and look for that answer in 2023 (which may be the best long-term direction for the team).
Once you get past that huge gorilla in the room, the offense for the Broncos doesn’t look nearly as terrible as you might think. The key free agents we’re losing as of today are Teddy Bridewater, Melvin Gordon, Bobby Massie, and Eric Saubert. When you consider that the team has wide receiver depth, a promising looking starting RB in Javonte Williams, and a potentially above-average pass-catching tight ends in Noah Fant and Albert Okwuegbunam, the deck doesn’t look that bad at all.
The offensive line is going to need a move or two, but you have a lot of youth in guys like Quinn Meinerz, Lloyd Cushenberry, and Dalton Risner. You also have a couple of easy-to-plug-in starters in Garret Bolles and Graham Glasgow.
We haven’t seen a seriously imaginative offense from the Broncos since the first half of 2014 to be completely honest. I would like to see a coach who utilizes a lot more motion, misdirection, and plays designed to get playmakers the ball in space. I would also applaud the idea of bringing in a power scheme for the line with an emphasis on getting bigger and stronger guys. The zone scheme has seen many rule changes that cut away at its effectiveness and one glaring problem I’ve seen from this line this year is that they get pushed around way too easy.
But at the end of the day, what quarterback you get is going to really help dictate what you can do as an offense. You want someone who both understands what the defense is doing and has the arm talent to get the ball where it needs to go in order to take advantage of mismatches.
What do you think, Broncos Country? What kind of systems do you think the next Broncos head coach should bring? What kind of personnel moves will need to be made for the Broncos to take a big step forward offensively?
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