Who Will Be the Denver Broncos Head Coach in 2017?

Gary Kubiak speaks about his retirement at the press conference | Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

Gary Kubiak has retired from coaching in the NFL | Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

Less than one calendar year after winning Super Bowl 50, the Denver Broncos are now in the market for a new head coach. In an emotional press conference one day after the Broncos defeated the Oakland Raiders in their 2016 season finale, their former head coach, Gary Kubiak, announced that he was immediately retiring from coaching in the National Football League due to ongoing health concerns.

Kubiak’s departure shocked most people around the NFL (although we saw it coming over a month ago). It instantly catapulted the Broncos head-coaching gig to the top of the list of best available jobs in the league. With guys like Von Miller, Aqib Talib, Chris Harris Jr., T.J. Ward, Shane Ray, Shaq Barrett, and Derek Wolfe all in the prime of their respective careers and under contract through the 2017 season, the Denver Broncos will have a championship-caliber defense in place for their next head coach.

While their offense struggled mightily in 2016, we can’t deny that the Broncos have two promising, young quarterbacks (Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch) and a trio of Pro Bowl-caliber players (Emmanuel Sanders, Demaryius Thomas, and C.J. Anderson) on that side of the ball as well.

The Denver Broncos are also slated to have $38.4 million in salary cap space (before 2016 rollovers and a potential cap increase) to work with in 2017. And with John Elway running the show, it’s safe to assume that the Broncos will eagerly address their needs this coming offseason.

When you add it all up, the next head coach of the Denver Broncos will have the opportunity to compete for a Super Bowl title during his first year on the job.