Report: Broncos narrowed down head coaching list to "a few" finalists


According to ESPN’s senior NFL reporter Jeremy Fowler, the Denver Broncos have narrowed down their head coaching search to two finalists. Fowler continues that many around the league believe Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator, Dan Quinn, who has been heavily favorited from the beginning, is expected to be among the finalists.

The Denver Broncos have narrowed their head coaching search to two finalists, per source. Team interviewed 10 candidates and many are being informed tonight. Many around the league believe Dan Quinn will be one of the finalists.

— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) January 23, 2022

With Quinn most likely one of the finalists, we can make a logical guess about the other finalist.

My initial guess was Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. With his team now eliminated from postseason action, he could have a second interview with the Broncos. The offensive-minded coach could be intriguing to the Broncos because of their likely pursuit of quarterback Aaron Rodgers this offseason.

Next, is the darkhorse of the search. The being Eagles defensive coordinator, Jonathan Gannon. He has reportedly “wowed” and “blown people away” during the interview process and has quickly emerged as a candidate for multiple head coaching jobs. He already has a second interview lined up with the Houston Texans and could have another with the Broncos as well.

Sorry I left Hackett out of the tweet

If you're a Broncos fan I would keep your eye on the names Dan Quinn Nathaniel Hackett and Jonathan Gannon.

— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) January 23, 2022

9New’s Denver’s Mike Klis also mentioned that Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and Patriots inside linebacker coach Jerod Mayo have also emerged during the interviewing process as well. So, they cannot be ruled out but the odds are that the other finalist will either be Hackett or Gannon.

Dan Quinn has to be viewed as the favorite still, but he is under consideration for the Vikings and Giants jobs as well. So, while the Broncos may want Quinn, does Quinn want the Broncos?

We shall see.

Update

ESPN’s senior NFL reporter Jeremy Fowler has updated his previous report. Initially, he was told it was down to two candidates, but now he is saying it’s down to “ a few” candidates

Update: Broncos have narrowed the field down to 'a few,' per source involved. One candidate reached by Denver today came away with clear impression that it's down to two. But this leaves room if they want to add a third. https://t.co/s1yDMfhN2C

— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) January 23, 2022

The three names that continue to be thrown around as the odds on favorite, Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, and the darkhorse, Eagles defensive coordinator, Jonathan Gannon.