Posted Wed Jan 5th by Monty
With John Elway officially under the fold, the search for the 14th head coach of the Denver Broncos can begin*.
The Broncos have already officially announced interviews for two candidates: Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey, who will interview in Atlanta on Friday, and current interim Broncos coach Eric Studesville, who will interview next week. Mularkey will be the first to interview in part because he is only available this week as his Falcons enjoy a first round bye in the playoffs.
In addition to the official interview list, the Broncos are interested in the following candidates, reports The Denver Post’s Woody Paige:
- Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh. Elway, a Stanford alum, attended Tuesday night’s Orange Bowl as an honorary captain but told the Post he did not have an opportunity to discuss the coaching opportunity Tuesday night. “Jim has to make a decision about his future as a college or NFL coach — but he played in the league for 15 years and coached with the Raiders — and he could go either way,” Elway said. Harbaugh is reportedly interviewing with the San Francisco 49ers today.
- New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, who also served as an interim head coach for the Buffalo Bills.
- New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, whose Saints won the Super Bowl last year and aim to repeat as a Wild Card in the playoffs this year. Since the Saints do not have a first round bye (unlike Mularkey’s Falcons), the Broncos will have to wait to interview Williams as his team prepares to face the Seattle Seahawks.
The list of candidates is expected to expand. Elway indicated the search will take “a week or two.”
Harbaugh is the hot name this year, but that’s an overall strong list of candidates it’s easy to get behind. Who do you favor of the bunch (or someone not listed)?
*Naturally, if Studesville retains the job he will remain the lucky 13th head coach of the Broncos, delaying the search for the 14th by some time.