Ladies and gentlemen, join your hands for the next Broncos coach.
Please allow me to introduce you to the NFL’s next wonderkind, a youth coach with an impeccable winning pedigree who can lead a boring Denver team burdened with almost imperceptible offense with a fresh approach.
At 33, Dallas offensive coordinator Kellen Moore is young enough to be Uncle Vic’s nephew. But please watch carefully when Moore goes to work at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, where the overpaid and under-performing defensive rookie coached by Fangio will try to stop the prolific offense of quarterback Dak Prescott and the Cowboys.
“Kelen is on fire!” Prescott recently announced. “I’ll sometimes come back over the edge and say to him: ‘Man, just keep at it.'”
Lighting up the scoreboard with Dallas averaging a league-best 455 yards on 32 points per game, Moore was already the hottest coaching candidate in the NFL before he scored 325 yards and two TDs from the Cooper Rush. Passe, who made his first career debut in a 20–16 road win in Minnesota, while Prescott treated a calf injury.
While Fangio insists that “no one is surrendering” after saying goodbye to linebacker Von Miller, and general manager George Patton says, “we’re not reaching for a rebuild,” the team announced Monday’s blockbuster deal. Turned the page and waited for better days. in 2022.
As the NFL trade deadline drew near, Patton’s primary goal was not to strengthen his current roster, but to add valuable draft options. Those choices could put the Broncos in prime position to acquire a new quarterback before the next season, either through a trade for an elite veteran (Russell Wilson or Aaron Rodgers), or by advancing to the first round and a By selecting the hot prospect (Sam Howell of North Carolina, perhaps?)
Getting picks in the second and third rounds for Miller was Denver’s biggest win of all season.
Let’s hope that Miller’s departure was an acknowledgment that going forward, the Broncos realize that lavish spending on defense is a luxury wasted on a team without a top-class quarterback. What’s more, whether Denver wants to develop a youthful hand or earn the respect of a seasoned pro, it makes sense to have a head coach fluent in the language of a quarterback rather than someone who plays the most important position on the field. abdicates responsibility for.
As a child, while living under the same roof as one of the most successful coaches in the history of Washington prep football, Moore collected playbooks. He played quarterback, winning 50 games as a starter at Boise State. After joining the NFL in 2012 as an un-draft free agent, Moore raked in more than $3 million as a backup in Detroit and Dallas.
Moore joined the Cowboys’ coaching staff in 2018 as a QB coach and was promoted to offensive coordinator by Mike McCarthy after only one season. New England coach Bill Belichick, who is difficult to impress, has praised Moore, who is known to be fond of double tight-end plans, speed before snaps, and play-action passing.
“I think Kellen does a really good job at setting the game plan at No. 1,” McCarthy said, praising his offensive coordinator for his ability to communicate not only with fellow Dallas assistants, but his Would also like to get input. Moore “puts together a healthy, creative, and aggressive game plan.”
There are too many words to describe the game plan we saw from Denver offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. But the boring and uninspired work done by quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and the Broncos is as interesting to watch as making mitts during a Sunday afternoon knitting club.
While hiring a brilliant, young aggressive mind to serve as head coach for the first time can be a gamble, Josh McDaniels’ tenure in Denver is a cautionary tale. But here’s my big concern: Maybe Patton, John Elway, and Joe Ellis feel uncomfortable calling in to dismiss Fangio or hire a replacement before new ownership arrives, and Moore will take a job elsewhere. Maybe with the Raiders in Las Vegas?
With any luck, the Broncos will have new ownership, a new quarterback and a coach who can push this team into the 21st century, dumping the pursuit of a 20-17 victory—a strategy so risk-averse. It actually allows very little margin for error.
While thanking Vonster for the memories, is it okay to take an optimistic view that the business represents the beginning of a dramatic change for the better by a proud franchise stuck too long in the past?
In Big D, the Broncos have a chance to start auditioning for their next coach.
Could Moore be the new face of a bright future?