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Broncos offensive coordinator candidates to consider

The Broncos’ search for a new scoring vision is underway.

Denver’s decision to part ways with offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave and not fill his vacancy with Gary Kubiak signals an ideological shift under new head coach Vic Fangio. Here is a closer look at five potential candidates to become the Broncos’ next offensive coordinator and play caller.

Scott Eklund, The Associated Press

Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell stands on the field during warmups before an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams, Dec. 28, 2014, in Seattle.

Darrell Bevell

Current position: Former Seahawks’ offensive coordinator.

Coaching experience: Packers’ quarterbacks coach from 2003-’05. … 12 seasons as offensive coordinator between Minnesota (2006-’10) and Seattle (2011-’17). … Sat out of NFL coaching last season.

NFL play-calling experience: 12 seasons.

Why he fits in Denver: Bevell is credited with scouting and developing Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson into a four-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl XLVIII champion. Seattle produced three of its top-five scoring years in franchise history under Bevell and set single-season records for rushing, passing and total yards. Bevell also coached 39-year-old Brett Favre to arguably his greatest statistical season with the Vikings in 2009. However, it’s Bevell’s more recent success developing talent with some college concepts in the Seahawks’ offense that puts him in contention.

John Autey, Pioneer Press

Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo talks to quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) during the first quarter of a NFL preseason game against Jacksonville at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018..

John DeFilippo

Current position: Former Vikings’ offensive coordinator.

Coaching experience: Longtime quarterbacks coach (Raiders 2007-08 and 2012-14, Jets 2009, Eagles 2016-17). … Two seasons as offensive coordinator (Browns 2015 and Vikings 2018). … Fired in Minnesota last season after Week 14.

NFL play-calling experience: Two seasons.

Why he fits in Denver: DeFilippo guided Eagles’ quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Nick Foles to an unlikely Super Bowl LII victory after a long NFL career mentoring passers such as Mark Sanchez, Carson Palmer, Derek Carr and Johnny Manziel. DeFilippo and Vikings’ coach Mike Zimmer clashed on offensive philosophy this season, but quarterback Kirk Cousins set career highs in completion percentage (70.8) and passing touchdowns (30). DeFilippo’s Minnesota flop hurts his chances to call plays in 2019, but his overall track record suggests the Broncos might seek an interview.

Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni ...

Darron Cummings, The Associated Press

Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni speaks during a news conference at the NFL team’s facility, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Indianapolis.

Nick Sirianni

Current position: Colts offensive coordinator.

Coaching experience: Three seasons as wide receivers coach (Chiefs 2012 and Chargers 2016-17). … Two seasons as quarterbacks coach (Chargers 2014-15). … Recently completed first season as NFL offensive coordinator.

NFL play-calling experience: None.

Why he fits in Denver: If youth leads to innovation, then 37-year-old Sirianni might provide what the Broncos’ offense lacks. His work with Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen and L.A.’s potent passing attack landed Sirianni his first NFL coordinator gig in Indianapolis. The Colts, with first-year head coach Frank Reich calling plays, thrived with the league’s fifth-best scoring offense (27.1) and red-zone conversion rate (68.8). Denver can’t provide Sirianni an opportunity to coach a franchise quarterback like Andrew Luck, but giving Sirianni play-calling duties would be a major promotion.

Rich Scangarello

Current position: 49ers quarterbacks coach.

Coaching experience: Two seasons as quarterbacks coach (49ers 2017-18). … Two seasons as quality control coach (Raiders 2009 and Falcons 2015). … Previous offensive coordinator experience at the small college level (Idaho, UC-Davis, Millsaps and Northern Arizona).

NFL play-calling experience: None.

Why he fits in Denver: After the Broncos’ initial request to speak with Scangarello was denied, the two parties negotiated a Tuesday interview. Scangarello is short on NFL experience. But he impressed last season juggling a trio of quarterbacks (Jimmy Garoppolo, C.J. Beathard and Nick Mullens) to pass for 4,247 yards — the most in San Francisco since 1998 when Steve Young was under center. Scangarello’s evolved offensive philosophy under of 49ers’ coach Kyle Shanahan is just what the Broncos are looking for.

Shane Waldron

Current position: Rams passing game coordinator.

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