The Broncos fired offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello, Vic Fangio announced on Sunday.

The first-year offensive coordinator was hired by Fangio and the Broncos last offseason after he was the San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback coach.

The move itself wasn’t necessarily a total shock as the Broncos’ offense took many statistical steps back from 2018, but the timing was.

At the end-of-season press conference, Fangio stated he didn’t expect any changes to be made on the coaching staff. But after having two weeks to review the offense after the season, the second-year head coach decided it was best to go in a different direction.

“After a lot of consideration and discussion after the season, I determined that a change at offensive coordinator ultimately would be best for our team,” Fangio said in a statement. “We need to do everything we can to get better—in all areas—as we start working toward next year.

“Rich is a bright coach with a great future ahead of him,” Fangio continued. “I appreciate all of his hard work and thank him for his contributions to the Broncos.”

The Broncos are expected to move quickly in finding their fifth offensive coordinator in five years.

NFL Network has reported Giants’ former head coach Pat Shurmur is expected to be Denver’s new offensive coordinator. A source informed DNVR nothing has been finalized, but Shurmur would fit what Fangio is looking for.

Fangio is looking for an experienced play-caller who isn’t afraid to take shots, according to a source.

Shurmur, who was fired by the Giants after two seasons as their head coach, has seven years of experience as an offensive coordinator in the NFL, seven years of experience as a quarterback coach in the league and four years of experience as an NFL head coach.

The 54-year old coach would bring a wealth of experience to the offensive side of the ball and would be key in helping to continue the development of Drew Lock.

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Zac Stevens was born and raised in Denver, went to the University of Denver and now covers the Denver Broncos. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from DU in 2014, Zac worked for the Cleveland Browns as a remote scout. He then jumped straight into the journalism industry at the beginning of 2016 covering the reigning world-champion Broncos and joined DNVR soon after. Catch him on Twitter @ZacStevensDNVR and daily on the DNVR Broncos podcast as the co-host.

    • I’m not knowledgeable but some reports are that it is bland west coast. Good playcaller, but not an innovator.

  • I suppose they couldn’t really demote him to QB coach, so had to move in a different direction. Seemed clear that he was in over his head a bit last year, so only surprised that it took as long to get this done as it did. TOTALLY agree that we should be shamelessly copying the Cheifs. DAMN…

  • This will stunt Drew’s growth, a bad decision by the Godfather! Rich deserved @ least 2 years to learn & improve. Shurmur is not special, all he does is keep getting hired then fired again!!! 🙁 Broncs now officially have a scapegoat rather than Vic.

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