Posted Mon Dec 31st by Jon Heath
This is only a potential situation and a lot of “if’s” would have to happen for this to go down, but it’s a good Black Monday conversation starter.
As of 2:00 p.m. ET, seven head coaches have been fired, Chicago’s Lovie Smith among them. Per reports, the Bears are now interested in Denver’s Mike McCoy.
If McCoy, who will receive interest from multiple teams, does land in Chicago, the Broncos and Bears could potentially do a coaching swap. Denver’s defensive coordinator, Jack Del Rio, will also be courted this offseason, and if JDR lands elsewhere, the Broncos will be in need of a new defensive coach.
Enter: Lovie Smith.
There will be plenty of options to replace McCoy (Manning’s former offensive coordinator Tom Moore among them), but it could be harder to find a potential replacement for Del Rio. If in fact JDR does land another top coaching gig in the offseason and assuming Smith is not hired as a head coach elsewhere, a McCoy-for-Smith swap would work out nicely for Denver.
All of this talk will be thrown out the window, of course, if Smith quickly lands a new head coaching job like John Fox did in 2010 and/or if Del Rio stays in Denver. But it’s Black Monday, and we’re thinking ahead.
Meanwhile in the AFC West, the Chargers have canned coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith and the Chiefs have fired coach Romeo Crennel. Regrettably, Jon Gruden is reportedly one of the top candidates to land in San Diego.
If everything falls into place to make such a situation possible, would you be in favor of Smith replacing Del Rio in Denver? Dish out your thoughts in the comments below!