Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Barring a completely unexpected firing, the NFL's head coaching carousel is done spinning for this offseason.
Arizona held the final vacancy, and they filled it last night by hiring Colts OC Bruce Arians, who had stepped in for an ailing Chuck Pagano to perform one of the most remarkable coaching feats of the year. Arians led the Colts to a 9-3 record during Pagano's absence, only months after he himself was unceremoniously dumped by the Steelers.
The decision comes at the expense of Cards DC Ray Horton, who apparently figured the job would be his following the Chargers' hiring of Mike McCoy, who had been seen as Arizona's top choice to replace Ken Whisenhunt. Upon learning he'd been passed over, Horton reportedly had a 'heated exchange' with Arizona GM Steve Keim, and Arians is expected to replace him with Philly DC Todd Bowles.
Gase: ‘We’re going to try to play faster’
“You’re not starting over, and in April we’ll be ready right from the get-go,” Gase said Thursday.
Tempo will be paramount, Gase noted, and he admitted that the offense is “going to try to play faster” than it did in 2012.
The notion that Manning was a de facto offensive coordinator was dismissed. “Peyton wants to be coached,” Gase said, adding that he learned how to be on point, because there was no end to how many questions Manning would ask. Gase also said Manning tweaked calls. “If you call something and it’s not good, he fixes it and puts you in a better play,” he said.
Playing faster? With a year of familiarity under the belts of Peyton & Company?
Sounds great. Now, about fourth downs...
Adam Gase will be the new offensive coordinator for the Broncos following the departure of Mike McCoy, who left earlier in the week to become the head coach of the AFCW rival Chargers.
Gase had been the team's quarterbacks coach for two seasons, and was their wide receivers coach for the two years prior to that (2009-10). The team was said to also be considering former Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt for the position.
Said head coach John Fox of the move:
Adam was an integral part of the success we had offensively this season and was heavily involved in all aspects of our game plan, both during the week and on gameday. Maintaining that continuity with our offense was very important in this decision. While we did speak with several qualified candidates, it became clear that Adam was the best fit to be our offensive coordinator.
Two days after some had reported he would be the new coach of the Eagles, Gus Bradley has landed in Jacksonville, where he will replace
Mark Mike Mularkey, who had spent just one year with the Jags after he took over for current Broncos DC Jack Del Rio.
Bradley began his NFL coaching career in 2006 as an assistant with Tampa Bay, where he stayed for three years before taking the Seahawks DC job in 2009.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Expectations are that John Fox will select a replacement for Mike McCoy before the week is out.
According to Jeff Legwold's report, the choice will come down to current Denver QB coach Adam Gase and former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt, who had interviewed for several vacant head jobs and was rumored as recently as yesterday to be a frontrunner for the Eagles job taken by Chip Kelly.
This would appear to mean that former longtime Colts OC Tom Moore - the only man to call plays for Peyton Manning in the NFL prior to Mike McCoy this season - is not under serious consideration.
Whatever happens, don't lose sight of the undeniable fact that a move will not be made without Manning's blessing.
There was no Lennay Kekua. Lennay Kekua did not meet Manti Te’o after the Stanford game in 2009. Lennay Kekua did not attend Stanford. Lennay Kekua never visited Manti Te’o in Hawaii. Lennay Kekua was not in a car accident. Lennay Kekua did not talk to Manti Te’o every night on the telephone. She was not diagnosed with cancer, did not spend time in the hospital, did not engage in a lengthy battle with leukemia. She never had a bone marrow transplant. She was not released from the hospital on Sept. 10, nor did Brian Te’o congratulate her for this over the telephone. She did not insist that Manti Te’o play in the Michigan State or Michigan games, and did not request he send white flowers to her funeral. Her favorite color was not white. Her brother, Koa, did not inform Manti Te’o that she was dead. Koa did not exist. Her funeral did not take place in Carson, Calif., and her casket was not closed at 9 a.m. exactly. She was not laid to rest.
Read this article. It's an outstanding piece of journalism. That is all.
Update 7:52pm ET - Te'o and ND have each released statements claiming Manti was a victim of an internet hoax, but the story all along included claims of in-person meetings between Te'o and his alleged girlfriend.
I’ve been waiting for somebody to hire Chip Kelly so I could write this article, and I thought I was going to miss out on the chance for this season. The Eagles have landed (their guy) though, so it turns out I get to write it. I think it’s going to be a home run for them, and I applaud them for going all out to land the man they wanted.
A lot of people who don’t know what they’re talking about are going to condemn the Kelly hire, and say their stuff about how he runs a gimmick college offense, and it’ll never work in the pros, and blah blah blah. They’re wrong, though, and the evidence of the last couple of seasons is accumulating that teams can have a lot of success in spreading out defenses, and running the ball with zone-read concepts.
There is no monolithic “spread offense,” and anybody who acts like they’re all the same is ignorant. Kelly’s offense does like to use a lot of fast personnel, and does spread out its formations. It’s a run-heavy offense though, and if anything, it’s more old-school than it is revolutionary.
Well, it's a good thing Chip Kelly didn't go the Bill O'Brien/Nick Saban "I'm the most loyal human in history" route, when he announced he was returning to Oregon.
Because it didn't last long.
Happy Wednesday, friends. A couple of interesting hires were made over the last 24 hours on the “coaching carousel” (I think that’s a dumb term, but whatever), and I thought I’d share some thoughts on them.
The Chargers’ hiring of Mike McCoy strikes me as probably being good for them, and not so good for him. It’s difficult to know exactly how good a coach McCoy is, and exactly what contributions he’s made to the Broncos, but I have a pretty good overall impression of him.
I think the flexibility McCoy has shown, in fitting the Broncos’ schemes to fit its players, is very positive. That kind of flexibility bodes well for going to a new team, with different kinds of talent, and maximizing it. Of course, the Chargers have pretty underwhelming offensive talent on hand, so he may end up having to acquire new players, like a married-to-the-scheme coach would.
Moore looking for OC job, and one makes too much sense
Moore didn’t mention any specific possibilities, but there just so happens to be a team that just lost an offensive coordinator, which just so happens to employ a quarterback Moore is familiar with. Moore has only the thinnest background working with Denver coach John Fox, as they were with the Steelers together in 1989. But since the Broncos catered the offense to Peyton Manning this year anyway under now-Chargers head coach Mike McCoy, and Moore called that offense with the Colts, it’s simply a logical step to make.
This is a very logical step to make; I agree with Darin Gantt completely. It's maybe just as logical to promote QB coach Adam Gase to OC, but I think he and Moore represent continuity, and that that's the most important thing for the Broncos offense. I'm less of a fan of the ideas of hiring Ken Whisenhunt or Pat Shurmur. Whisenhunt will probably be gone for another HC job within a year or two, and Shurmur is a scheme guy from a West Coast background.