Pat Shurmur is 'strong candidate' for Broncos OC job

Why the Broncos fired Rich Scangarello and are targeting a familiar name to take over

The Denver Broncos shocked the crowds on Sunday, releasing offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello after just one season in this role. "We must do everything we can to improve - in all areas - if we work early next year". According to Ian Rapoport, former New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur is a "strong candidate" to replace him on coach Vic Fangio's staff. "I appreciate all of his hard work and thank him for his contributions to the Broncos", Fangio added.

The sides are expected to finalize a deal in the coming days, sources said.

Denver ranked 28th in the National Football League in points per game (17.6) and yards per game (298.6) in 2019.

The following offensive coordinator will certainly be the 5th in 5 periods for the Broncos, with Scangarello following Bill Musgrave, Mike McCoy and also Rick Dennison. "All these guys will - we have a good staff". We will handle this as they come.

The Broncos finished 28th in total offense (298.6 yards per game) and scoring (17.6) this season, as well as 30th on third down and 28th in red zone efficiency. Lastly, he coached a Vikings offense and made Case Keenum a quality quarterback amongst the mediocrity that surrounded the rest of Keenum's career.

The expectation here is that anyone who comes in can help young quarterback Drew Lock after having had great success in the final stages of his rookie season.

The Broncos ended their season with a 7-9 record.

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