Richard Smith DC gig denial ramification

The denial for DC job interview for the Oakland Raiders of Richard Smith (linebackers coach for the Denver Broncos) is news of a couple of weeks ago, but I didn’t see the necessary analysis that it should demand.

Richard Smith NFL coaching résumé is the following:

  • 1988 – 1992: Special Team coach for the Houston Oilers.
  • 1993 – 1996: Special Team coach and Assistant Linebacker for the Denver Broncos.
  • 1997 – 2002: Linebacker coach for the San Francisco 49ers.
  • 2003 – 2004: Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers for the Detroit Lions.
  • 2005: Defensive Coordinator for the Miami Dolphins.
  • 2006 – 2008: Defensive Coordinator for the Houston Texans.
  • 2009 – 2010: Linebacker Coach for the Caroline Panthers.
  • 2011 – Actual: Linebacker coach for the Denver Broncos.

So the Oakland Raiders asked for interviewing him for the Defensive Coordinator job, which he has been for 4 years, and the Denver Broncos denied the permission.

The easy interpretation of this fact it would be that the Denver Broncos see him as a good to be Defensive Coordinator, so, given this interpretation, why they hired former Jacksonville Jaguars Head Coach Jack Del Rio for that spot?

Probably because they could think that Del Rio will stick around for just 1 year looking for a Head Coaching spot next spring? It’s really painful. It would mean that next February Denver will change again the defensive coordinator. It will be 8 years in a row. It makes really hard to understand why they hired a guy that will be in his job only one year, not being  really motivated to create a long term solution for the endless defense pains that have being torturing Denver ambitions for so long time.

I can’t think that Denver is this dumb. For sure Denver should want Del Rio to stick around for at least a couple of years.

So what about Richard Smith? Ha has 23 years of coaching experience at NFL level. He got an interview for the DC job and was denied, he has to stay in Denver with a lower role and under a new DC. I would not feel good.  I would be pissed off and really not motivated.

That would be different if Denver promised him a promotion. But why he would have to wait a couple of years before taking over at DC? By the way, how many years remain in his contract?

And now the bomb: is fair to think that a coach that has coached at any level but Head Coach would have the ambition to get a chance at Head Coach, at least one.

So, my guess is that Denver FO sees him as future Head Coach, once Fox will leave. Not Defensive Coordinator.  Let’s say that in two years both Fox and Del Rio will leave. He will be the front running for the Head Coach Job. He has been in the Broncos Headquarters for long enough to know what the FO wants and would have been developing players already on the Broncos roster and knowing the system.

I even think it would be a great move for assuring continuity to an organization that really need it for the next 5-10 years (New England dynasty didn’t start at the 6th round of 2000 Nfl draft).

So, in my opinion, Smith is already the front runner for being the next Broncos Head Coach. Not just the next year new Defensive Coordinator.

This or he just decided that linebacker coaching is his place, not too high, not too low.

Time will tell, for the moment Richard, please, make beasts out of Nate Irving and Mike Mohammed, would love to see them in the pro-bowl by the time you’ll give another ring to John Elway.


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