The Broncos’ last two HC hires have placed less emphasis on their defensive coordinator position, but the team has hired the Packers’ former offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hacket will make it a more important position. Denver’s new coach has a DC candidate in mind early on.
Rams passing game coordinator Ejiro Evero is the first leader to become the Broncos’ DC, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport tweet. Hackett and Evero are close friends, notes The Washington Post’s Nicki Jhabvala (via Twitter), after playing together at UC Davis.
Evero, 41, has participated in each of Sean McVayof five Rams staff members, moving from team safety coach to his current role last year. Ahead of the Hackett Packers’ final season, the team interviewed Evero for DC’s work which went to Joe Barry. But Evero, an NFL staffer since 2007, appears to be a strong candidate for Denver’s job at DC. It would be a ‘big upset’ if Evero doesn’t land the job, 9News’ Mike Klis tweet.
Evero would have great shoes to fill out Denver’s defense. While Vic Fangio could not lead the Broncos to the playoffs, he is one of the best defensive coordinators of this era. The Broncos ranked in the top 10 in points allowed and total defense in 2021. Evero worked under Fangio’s former assistant Brandon Staley during the latter’s season as the Rams DC, potentially helping with continuity in Denver.
Also, the Broncos should request an interview with the Packers offensive line coach. Adam Stenavich for their role as offensive coordinator, adds Rapoport. Stenavich, 38, worked with Hackett on Matt LaFleur‘s Packers for the past three seasons, after being on Kyle Shanahanbefore that. Stenavich and the former Broncos OC Rich Scangarello were on Shanahan’s staff together from 2017 to 2018. Hackett is expected to be a head coach who calls for play, something the Broncos haven’t had since Gary Kubiakits mandate.