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Let’s Rank All Of The Denver Broncos Head Coaches

 

 

10. Lou Saban

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Years Coached: 1967-1971

Total Games Coached: 65

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 20-42-3

 

The Denver Broncos were a horrid NFL franchise for the first seventeen years of their existence. The team had never won more than seven games in a season from 1960-1976 and the Lou Saban years were some of the worst.


 

9. Josh McDaniels

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Years Coached: 2009-2010

Total Games Coached: 28

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 11-17

 

Josh McDaniels came into Denver with a boom when he immediately pissed off starting QB Jay Cutler. Cutler got traded out of Denver, and that was ultimately McDaniels’ downfall because if you don’t have a QB in the NFL, you aren’t going to win. Say what you want about Jay Cutler, but he was A MILLION TIMES BETTER than Tim Tebow, who was ultimately the reason McDaniels got fired and ended up back in New England with Bill Belichick.


 

8. Vance Joseph

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Years Coached: 2017-2018

Total Games Coached: 32

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 11-21

 

If there’s one thing the “John Elway as GM of the Broncos” era has taught us, it’s that John Elway makes a lot of stupid moves as general manager. Sure, he won a Super Bowl when he lucked out and convinced Peyton Manning to sign with the team way back when, but that’s pretty much the only homerun he’s knocked out of the park. His head coach hires tend to be a little gross, especially the Vance Joseph one. Joseph was hired by the Broncos after he turned around the Miami Dolphins defense as DC. Unfortunately for him, he could never turn the Broncos around like that. After two disappointing losing seasons, the Broncos fired Joseph and moved in a different direction and a lot of people thought he got the short end of the stick. That’s highly debatable though.


 

7. Wade Phillips

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Years Coached: 1993-1994

Total Games Coached: 32

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 16-16

 

Wade Phillips had bounced around the NFL for over 10 years as a position coach in the NFL before the Broncos hired him as DC in 1989. He spent three seasons as DC of the Broncos under head coach Dan Reeves before being promoted to the head coaching gig. Here’s where I remind you that promoting guys from with-in never works in the NFL. Phillips had two very average seasons as Broncos head coach and was relived of his duties following the 1994 season because the front office felt like “he lost the team”. Phillips would return to the Broncos as DC in 2015 and would help lead the team to a Super Bowl, so there’s a happy ending with this one.


 

6. John Ralston

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Years Coached: 1972-1976

Total Games Coached: 70

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 34-33-3

 

John Ralston’s time as head coach of the Denver Broncos was well before I was alive, but that won’t stop me from judging his performance. His five seasons in Denver were extremely average. His overall coaching record shows that when you see he finished 34-33-3 over the course of five seasons. His best season came in 1976 when the team finished 9-5 and just missed out on the playoffs. After that, the two parties decided to go their separate ways. Let’s give Ralston some credit though. That 9-win season in 1976 was the Broncos best season in its franchise history at the time and the team was even better the following year when they made it to the Super Bowl. Ralston has to get SOME credit for that….


 

5. Red Miller

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Years Coached: 1977-1980

Total Games Coached: 62

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 40-22

 

The Denver Broncos weren’t a team that was used to having success, but when Red Miller came on board in 1977, that started to change. In his first year with the team, the Broncos went from a team that had NEVER won a playoff game to a team that made it all the way to a Super Bowl. How impressive is that? 12-2 in his first year followed by consecutive 10-win seasons was something that Broncos fans just weren’t used to and it looked like the fun was never going to end. And then the Broncos got a new owner, Red Miller’s team went 8-8 in 1980 and that was all she wrote for his NFL head coaching career. It was extremely short and sweet, but at least we will always have the “Orange Crush” defense, which remains one of the most bad ass names ever.


 

4. John Fox

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Years Coached: 2011-2014

Total Games Coached: 64

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 46-18

 

John Fox was the long-time head coach of the Carolina Panthers who became a free agent in 2010 after the Panthers decided not to re-new his contract following a 2-14 season. It didn’t take long for Fox to find a job as Elway and the Broncos quickly came calling. Fox saw immediate success as the Broncos coach as he got Denver back to the playoffs for the first time in over 5 years in just his first season. Things would get even better for everyone as the following year the team went 13-3, but got beat by the eventual Super Bowl champs (Baltimore Ravens) in the playoffs in a double OT loss. The next year would be the peak of the Fox/Denver era as the team once again went 13-3 but this time they made it all the way to the Super Bowl before getting absolutely hammered by the Seattle Seahawks. In what would be Fox’s final year with the team, Denver went 12-4 in 2014, but suffered a first-round playoff exit. That’s when John Elway decided he needed a coach with more success in the post-season and the two parties decided to split up. Fox spent four seasons in Denver. He had winning seasons and made the playoffs every year. The team also won four straight division titles and had an AFC Championship under their belts…..and it still wasn’t good enough.


 

3. Gary Kubiak

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Years Coached: 2015-2016

Total Games Coached: 32

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 21-11

 

Sometimes it pays to be in the right time at the right place. That sums up Gary Kubiak’s tenure in Denver. After eight seasons in Houston as head coach, Kubiak sported an average 61-64 record before getting fired in 2013 after a 2-11 start. Kubiak was hired by the Broncos in 2015 after they decided previous head coach John Fox’s teams hadn’t “shown enough fight” in the playoffs. It was a questionable hire at the time, but those questions were quickly answered when Kubiak and the Broncos went out and won the damn Super Bowl in his first year as Broncos head coach. Does it get any better than that? Nope. The following year was bit of a disappointment as Denver was barely over the .500 mark as they finished 9-7 and missed out on the playoffs. This would mark the end of the Kubiak era in Denver as unfortunately he had to call it quits due to health reasons. Short and sweet can pretty much sum up Kubiak’s time in Denver.


 

2. Dan Reeves

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Years Coached: 1981-1992

Total Games Coached: 184

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 110-73-1

 

Dan Reeves’ tenure in Denver was very long and very successful. However, there was one thing that always escaped Reeves while he was head coach in Denver. SUPER BOWL TITLES Y’ALL! Reeves spent 12 seasons in Denver and he won a lot. He has a winning record in the regular season. He also won five division titles, seven playoff games, 3 AFC Championships, and was named “Coach of the Year” on two different occasions. In twelve seasons in the Mile High City, he only had two losing seasons. All that is extremely impressive and cements Reeves legacy in Denver, but you still can’t help but remember that this is the guy who got Denver to a Super Bowl 3 times in a 4 year span and couldn’t get the job done. Dan Reeves did a tremendous job with Denver, but he’s not the greatest coach in Broncos history because this guy is…..


 

1. Mike Shanahan

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Years Coached: 1995-2008

Total Games Coached: 224

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 138-86

 

The G.O.A.T. of coaching when it comes to the Denver Broncos. Two Super Bowl titles in back-to-back years and 224 games as head coach makes him the longest tenured head coach in Denver and it isn’t even close.