The Denver Broncos’ next general manager will have control over the roster, but he won’t necessarily get to build his own coaching staff.
Broncos coach Vic Fangio indicated during his end-of-season press conference Tuesday that if coaches leave, they will be seeking higher positions elsewhere, not getting fired.
“I do anticipate [the coaching staff] returning in full,” Fangio said. “As always — as things happen in the early part of the offseason — some guys may have some opportunities for advancement. We’ll always look at that, but other than that I’m anticipating the staff back.”
That includes offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who came under scrutiny in 2020 when Denver’s offense struggled. While he might not be a fan favorite at the moment, Shurmur has the support of Fangio.
“I think Pat’s a great fit,” Fangio said on Dec. 31. “[He] brings a wealth of experience and knowledge. I think he’s got a calm demeanor. [He] has been doing a good job of mixing our run-pass plays on the early downs, both what type of runs we’ve run and short, intermediate, and deep throws.
“I think it’s been a learning process for all guys. The players learning the system and Pat learning our players and what’s the best formula, what’s the best approach with the guys we have. I’m excited about what Pat can bring to us moving forward.”
After another offseason in Shurmur’s system, perhaps Denver’s players will be able to turn the offense into a more formidable attack in 2021.