NFL coaching vacancies: Who will be next in Denver?

With Broncos coach Gary Kubiak leaving for health reasons, at least one sportsbook is offering odds on who will take the reins in Denver. Here is a preview with odds on the candidates.

 

With Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak retiring because of health concerns, speculation already is rampant for who will take the helm in perhaps the NFL?s most alluring vacancy.

BookMaker is offering odds on who will be coach of the Denver Broncos in Week 1 of the 2017 regular season.

Broncos head coaching odds
 Coach Odds
 Kyle Shanahan +125
 Vance Joseph +180
 Dareel Bevell +1300
 Joe DeCaMillis +1500
 Sean McVay +1750
 Dave Toub +2000
 Sean Payton +2000

Here is a look at the candidates and their odds to take the job:

Kyle Shanahan, +125 (risk $100 to win +125): The 37-year-old Falcons offensive coordinator was already chief among hot prospects for NFL head coaching vacancies, so it?s little surprise he?s the front-runner for what is likely the highest-profile opening.

His offensive expertise could come in handy for a Denver team that ranked No. 27 in the league with just 323.1 yards and 20.8 points per game. He led Atlanta to the league?s tops coring offense (33.8 ppg) and No. 2 overall unit with 415.8 yards per game.

His bloodlines don?t hurt, either. Kyle Shanahan is the son of Mike Shanahan, who coached the Broncos to back-to-back Super Bowl victories, and also coached the Redskins and Raiders.

NFL.com reported that Shanahan has mutual interest in the job.

Vance Joseph, +180 (risk $100 to win $180): The Dolphins defensive coordinator is getting attention in light of Miami?s breakout season and trip to the playoffs.

The club had just the No. 29-ranked total defense (382.6 ypg) but allowed opponents a respectable 23.8 points per game. Joseph, 44, played college football as a quarterback at Colorado before spending two years in the NFL as a defensive back.

Darrell Bevell, +1,300 (risk $100 to win $1,300): Seattle?s offensive coordinator was a fast-rising coaching prospect before the infamous goal-line pass he called in the 2015 Super Bowl that was intercepted and sealed New England?s 28-24 victory.

Moreover, Seattle has been somewhat pedestrian on offense, ranking No. 12 this year in yards (357.2) and No. 18 in scoring (22.1).

Joe DeCamillis, +1,500 (risk $100 to win $1,500): The current special teams coordinator for the Broncos served as interim head coach during the absence of Kubiak, who missed the Oct. 13 against the Chargers.

DeCamillis interviewed for the Bears head coaching job in 2013 and was later hired as their specials teams and assistant head coach. The 51-year-old didn?t play college or pro football, was an All-American wrestler at the University of Wyoming.

Sean McVay, +1750 (risk $100 to win $1,750): The 30-year-old offensive coordinator for the Redskins is considered a rising prospect after helping the club put up some big numbers.

Washington has the third-ranked offense in the league, averaging 403.4 yards and 24.8 points per game while quarterback Kirk Cousins throwing for 4,917 yards and 25 touchdowns.

Dave Toub, +2,000 (risk $100 to win $2,000): The special teams coordinator for the Chiefs is also considered a potential candidate for the Chargers head job.

The 54-year old has twice been interviewed for head-coaching positions, coming up short with the Dolphins and Bears. He has coached in the NFL since 2001.

Sean Payton, +2,000 (risk $100 to win $2,000): The venerable Super Bowl-winning coach for the Saints could become a viable option if he and the club part ways.

Although the Saints have failed to contend in recent years, Payton is still considered one of the game?s most gifted minds.

He has a career coaching record of 94-66 (.588) following his third consecutive 7-9 campaign in New Orleans.