The Broncos have completed their seventh interview for their head-coaching vacancy, as General Manager George Paton and Co. met with Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon on Wednesday.
Gannon, who just completed his first season at the coordinator level, has 11 years of NFL coaching experience, including three seasons as the Colts' defensive backs/cornerbacks coach from 2018-20. He also worked in the Rams' front office for three seasons as a scout.
In 2021, Gannon's defense ranked 10th in total yards allowed and made a midseason turnaround that helped Philadelphia reach the playoffs, but what's made him a hot name in this head-coaching cycle for several teams goes beyond just production.
"I do think [he has] the intangibles — there's a lot that goes into being a head coach that's not just on-the-field production and X's and O's," The Philadelphia Inquirer's EJ Smith told DenverBroncos.com. "It's a lot about people management and being a CEO and stuff like that. You notice it from the second you have a conversation with Jonathan Gannon that he has a lot of those traits."
Gannon is one of a handful of coaches with defensive backgrounds being considered for the job, along with Detroit DC Aaron Glenn, Dallas DC Dan Quinn and Patriots inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo, who previously interviewed with the team.
Paton and the search committee will reportedly meet with three more candidates for the position.