The Broncos have a coveted main coaching job in the NFL
- Eight NFL teams are currently looking for a new head coach.
- The Denver Broncos are the best touchdown spot, according to former NFL quarterback Dan Orlowski.
- The strength of their roster means they’re only one player away from potential greatness.
With 14 teams starting their battle in the NFL after the season ends, the other 18 teams are already looking forward to 2022. For many of them, that means cleaning the house.
After this week’s Black Monday, there are eight teams (25% of the league) in the market for a new head coach. While every gig has its pros and cons, according to former NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky, one job trumps the rest: the Denver Broncos.
The appearance of Broncos at the top of Orlovsky’s list may come as a surprise to football fans. Other potential destinations for one of the top coaches include teams featuring young quarterbacks set for future stardom, including Justin Fields in Chicago and Trevor Lawrence in Jacksonville.
But speaking on “The Dan Patrick Show,” Orlovsky made a strong case for owning the Broncos as the best coaching job available in the league.
The Broncos roster is already uploaded
“Denver has a great roster, and they have an amazing young talent,” Orlovsky explained. “Two good full-backs, one very young. Solid offensive line. [Cornerback Patrick] Sirtain appears to be a star. You just have to get the midfielder.”
While other teams sport young, talented athletes as their biggest attraction, the Broncos have young talents above and below the list. With an average age of only 25.94, the Broncos entered 2021 with the league’s 12 youngest roster, including just nine players over 30. Moreover, their young talent has room for growth.
Surtain, 21, could soon be one of the best corner kicks in the league, and alongside Kyle Fuller, 29, he already has one of his teammates to help him get there. In retrospect, rookie Jafonte Williams (21) has emerged as a potential breakout player, splitting from veteran Melvin Gordon who is set to enter free agency this season.
But the highlight of the young Bronco’s talent are the wide receivers – Cortland Sutton (26), Jerry Judy (22), KJ Humler (22), and Tim Patrick (28).
Sutton is already an elite passer, and at six feet four, he’s a very tough match for opposing defenses. Jeudy is a quick player who is able to extend the field for the entire attack while also having good enough hands to make short plays when called upon. Humler is set to act as an out-of-the-hole threat, though an ACL tear cut short his 2021 campaign. A veteran of the group, Patrick is a do-it-all playmaker and has played a bigger role in attack after Jodi and Humler sustained injuries early in the season. 2021.
Combined with a Noah Fant court finish (24), this receiving team could practically become the stars of one of the league’s most feared attacks. All five players are under contract with the Broncos for at least two more seasons.
Looking across the NFL, the only team that comes close to a similar pool of young stars in the receiver is the Cincinnati Bengals.
The receiving team from the Broncos is ready to wreak havoc in the league, and all they need is the right man to get the ball rolling.
The biggest problem is that they don’t have a quarterback yet
The Broncos have struggled poorly to find the right-back since Peyton Manning retired to glory after leading Denver to victory in Super Bowl 50.
As it stands, Drew Lock is the only player on the Broncos’ roster on contract for 2022, with Teddy Bridgewater as a free agent and Brett Rypien as a restricted free agent. Where the Broncos’ depth of field at the receiver stands out as a huge plus, the current midfield positioning is just the opposite.
Undoubtedly, the first big step for anyone who ends up taking on the head coach position in Denver will be working with the team’s front office to find their future quarterback.
Fortunately for the Broncos, there is a chance that 2022 will be a great year to find a midfielder to fill the roster of candidates ready to go.
“The Broncos have completed 95% of the puzzle,” Orlovsky said. “Now, the missing piece is clearly the missing piece. But we have [Aaron] Rodgers is likely to be in the market. we have contact [Wilson] Likely to be on the market. We have Baker Mayfield potentially on the market. We have Deshaun Watson on the market, whatever you think of this situation and how the league deals with it. And then obviously we have the draft.”
If Rodgers, Wilson or Mayfield become available at any point off the season, the Broncos’ already well-rounded roster, and especially their talent at the receiver, would be a solid selling point. Veteran talents like these three aren’t looking forward to heading off to another rebuilding project in New York, Carolina or Detroit. They are looking to win now, and the Broncos may be the team most willing to help them do that.
The pieces are ready for the right coach to make his mark
Regardless of who takes over the head coaching position in Denver, and who eventually starts taking shots for the team under the position in 2022, the Broncos are out of business with them.
Even with the talent that makes them a sought-after destination, they still play in West Asia, fighting tag team battles with Chiefs, Chargers, and Raiders six times a year.
However, the future looks bright for the Broncos, especially if they can name two of the next important employees. There will undoubtedly be a lot of worthy candidates for the top job in Denver.
If they find the right match, no one knows how far they can go.