The next 3 steps Broncos should take after Vic Fangio’s firing

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After three disappointing seasons, Vic Fangio’s era of Denver Broncos Football is over.

Vic Fangio was fired by the Denver Broncos on Sunday morning, making them the third NFL franchise to enter offseason head-coaching.

Denver went 7-10 in 2021, bringing Fangio’s win/loss record in three years leading the Broncos to an unsatisfactory 19-30. The Broncos did not win more than seven games during his tenure. The Broncos have not qualified for the AFC playoffs since 2015, when they won Super Bowl 50. All of it boils down to one thing: The Broncos must improve their quarterback play.

Ineffective offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur was also fired by the Broncos. A new regime is on the horizon. Here are three key moves George Paton must make in order to give the Broncos the best chance of success before the halfway mark of this decade.

Denver Broncos’ next three moves to make after firing Vic Fangio as head coach

1. To replace Vic Fangio, hire an offensive-minded head coach

The end of the Fangio era Broncos’ football is a sign of this. Even if they hired an outstanding defensive mind, it was not enough to help overcome the Bronco’s ongoing quarterbacking deficiencies. They tried to fix the offensive side of things by hiring Pat Shurmur, a former NFL head coach who failed twice.

Paton is ultimately aware of what he must do first. He needs to find the right offensive coach for him. He doesn’t have to be Dan Reeves, Mike Shanahan, or Gary Kubiak. All he needs is to be himself. He must be offensive in his thinking, otherwise it will show that the Broncos have not learned anything from Vance Joseph’s failures and Fangio’s.

Green Bay Packers offensive Coordinator Nathaniel Hackett should be the first choice for Denver. Other potential candidates include Eric Bieniemy from the Kansas City Chiefs and Brian Daboll from Buffalo Bills. Former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson is also a possible candidate. You can hire them all.

Denver will have an offensive-minded head coaching coach to help them develop a brand on that side of their ball, hopefully preventing a decade of playoff drought.