NFL Hot Seat: 4 Potential Replacements for Vance Joseph with the Denver Broncos

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The Denver Broncos are all but certain to cut ties with head coach Vance Joseph. | Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Since taking over the Denver Broncos front office back in 2011, John Elway has hired three head coaches (John Fox, Gary Kubiak, and Vance Joseph). It’s only a matter of time before that list grows to four.

Despite signing quarterback Case Keenum this past offseason, the Broncos are on the verge of missing the playoffs for the third consecutive season. As a result, many believe Elway is almost certainly going to fire Joseph this year or at the conclusion of the 2018 NFL season.

While no official decision has been made, it never hurts to get ahead of things. Which is why we’ve compiled a list of possible head coaching replacements for Vance Joseph in Denver. Take a look and let us know what you think.

Mike Shanahan

Mike Shanahan hasn’t coached in the NFL since 2013, but that doesn’t seem to matter. According to some, there are rumblings that the Broncos are seriously considering bringing back the man who led them to two straight Super Bowls in 1998 and 1999. Bringing back a blast from the past like Shanahan may require folks in the front office to swallow their pride. Then again, if the organization misses the playoffs for the third straight year, this would be a small price to pay.

John Harbaugh

There have been rumors that John Harbaugh is on the hot seat in Baltimore. And even if that’s not exactly the case, with this being Ozzie Newsome’s final season as the general manager of the Ravens, many believe his replacement will look to bring in his own head coach regardless. Either way, if Baltimore decides to move on from Harbaugh, the Broncos would be crazy not to consider him. This would be a slam-dunk hire.

Jim Bob Cooter

In 2017, as the offensive coordinator, Jim Bob Cooter took a Detroit Lions offense that ranked 20th in football and turned it into the NFL’s seventh-ranked offense, averaging 25 points per game. He’s been praised for the work he’s done with Peyton Manning in Indianapolis and Matthew Stafford in Detroit, and players genuinely love playing for him. If the Broncos are looking to improve an offense that hasn’t ranked been ranked in the top 10 in the league since 2014, they could do worse than hand over the reins to a guy like Jim Bob Cooter. 

Jeff Brohm

Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley might be getting all the love as far as college coaches are concerned, but there’s another name worth paying attention to — Purdue’s Jeff Brohm.

Brohm is one of the best offensive-minded coaches in football (Nick Saban has offered him a spot on his coaching staff twice) and an absolute film junkie. He’s been successful at every program he’s taken over, and with more and more NFL team’s utilizing parts of college offenses, it makes sense that a coach like Brohm would be poised to make the leap to the next level. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that he’s got history with the organization, having played for the Broncos back in 1999.

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