Josh McDaniels was fired by the Denver Broncos after losing 17 of his final 22 games as their head coach. With the regular season concluding and a 4-12 season on their hands, it’s clear Denver needs to make a big change—interim/running backs coach Eric Studesville isn’t really a long-term answer.
Former Denver great John Elway is about to be tapped as executive vice president for the Broncos, and he’s looking toward his alma mater and Stanford Cardinal head coach Jim Harbaugh, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Elway will be at the Orange Bowl as an honorary captain for Stanford in their matchup against Virginia Tech.
It would be an interesting coaching hire if Elway could sway Harbaugh to the Broncos. However, the big question is whether Harbaugh would be able to handle the quarterback situation. It’s clear that Denver is committing themselves to Tim Tebow as the new quarterback, and it’s hard to see if Harbaugh would be interested enough in trying to develop him into a real pro starter.
So fill this rumor in the “highly unlikely” box.