Not including college coaches who have jumped into running an NFL team, Zack Taylor of Cincinnati is the only current coach hired despite no coordinator or playing experience.
The move worked for the Bengals, who won the AFC North title and hosted Las Vegas in Saturday’s playoff round.
Could Luke Jetsie be ready for the same height?
The first move for Jitsi, the 37-year-old quarterback coach for the Green Bay Packers, was to interview the Broncos as a vacant coach on Friday.
Gatesey, the second nominee to meet Broncos general manager George Patton and his panel of CEOs, wrapped up their meeting at about 5:15 p.m. Friday, according to the club.
The traveling team from the Broncos will interview Green Bay offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett on Saturday morning before returning to the Denver area to wait outside of the weekend’s play-offs. They met with Detroit defense coordinator Aaron Glenn on Thursday.
Eight nominees are on the teams playing in the Wild Card Tour with no interviews scheduled: Brian Callahan (Cincinnati) and Jerrod Mayo (New England) on Saturday, Dan Quinn/Kellen Moore (Dallas), Jonathan Gannon (Philadelphia) and Eric Benemi (Kansas City). ) on Sunday and Kevin O’Connell (Los Angeles Rams) on Monday.
It is believed that Patton prefers to do all interviews in person.
Since the 13-4 Packers have the only NFC advantage in the first round, Getsy and Hackett can meet with interested teams. Hackett gave an interview to Jacksonville on Friday and will also meet with Chicago on Saturday.
Packers coach Matt LaFleur told reporters Wednesday that Jitsi has done a “terrific job.”
The Packers played the playoffs in six of Jitsi’s seven years with the team.
Getsy started his career playing as a quarterback in Pittsburgh, then moved to Akron. In 2005-06, he set 24 singles school records and had the Mid-American Conference led 3,455 yards. He’s had 41 touchdowns in two seasons.
Jitsi began his coaching career in 2007-08 as a graduate assistant at Akron under coach Joe Morehead. From there, he was the offensive coordinator at West Virginia Wesleyan (’09), graduate assistant at Pittsburgh (’10), offensive coordinator at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2011-12) and reception coach at Western Michigan (’13).
Packers coach Mike McCarthy brought Jitsi to the NFL as a QC coach in 2014. Two years later, he promoted Jitsi to receiving coach and had Jordi Nelson, Davante Adams and Randall Cope at least 60 passes and 600 yards.
“My goal (as a new coach) at the beginning was to tell them that I would do anything to help them be great and at the same time, I would love them too,” said Getsey. Jackson (Miss.) Clarion Ledger in 2018.
Getsy left Green Bay after the 2017 season to join Moorhead in Mississippi State as offensive coordinator and reception coach. Morehead called plays.
One year later, Getsy returned to Green Bay as LaFleur’s quarterback coach.
“He’s an excellent communicator, a great teacher, and a great team guy,” LaFleur told reporters. “I think he sees the match right away. He has such a great presence. The players are responding to him so it’s a great opportunity for him (to interview with the Broncos) and another young man we hate to lose, but we will be happy for him and his family.”
Jumping from coach position to head coach is a rarity, but he succeeded in Philadelphia when she hired Packers quarterback coach Andy Reed in 1999, and she works for Taylor, who also interviewed the Broncos in January 2019, in Cincinnati.
A minor aspect of the Getsy interview: The Broncos might be interested in him as their new offensive coordinator if they hire a defensive-minded coach.
Rodgers told reporters Thursday that Jitsi, who is also the passing game coordinator, “has a lot of energy about him.”
In Getsy’s three years, Rodgers leads the NFL with 111 touchdown passes and is second with a 109.2 pass rating. He is favored to win the League 4 Player of the Year award.
“He (Jitsy) has all the qualities you look for when you think of a leader,” LaFleur said. “Do I think he’s ready (to be head coach)? Definitely.”
Simmons tribute. Justin Simmons was voted into the Broncos safety team as the second All-Pro team on Friday, becoming the third safety in franchise history to earn multiple All-Pro awards with the team (Steve Atwater and Billy Thompson).
In a 50-person vote, Tennessee’s Kevin Biard (41) and Tennessee’s Jordan Boyer (12) were selected as the first team. The Simmons’ 10 votes were tied with Budda Baker of Arizona and Micah Hyde of Buffalo.
Simmons scored a career high with five interceptions and made 80 tackles in 17 games. He was awarded the second All-Pro team title in 2019.
The only other Broncos player to receive a vote was Sam Martin (one).