July 18, 2024

David Shaw Addresses Broncos Hire

June 21st, 2024 at 12:09pm CST by Adam La Rose

After being frequently considered for head coaching positions, David Shaw is returning to the NFL for the 2024 season in a front office role with the Broncos. Shaw, the former Stanford coach, has a longstanding relationship with head coach Sean Payton from their time together on the Eagles’ staff in 1997. Shaw had interviewed for Denver’s head coaching position before Payton was ultimately chosen. His rapport with general manager George Paton also influenced his hiring.

“I got to know [Paton] pretty well during that process and we just stayed in touch, and this offseason we talked about different things, and I thought there might be a role [where] maybe I could fill a need for the Broncos,” Shaw, 51, said via Chris Tomasson of the Denver Gazette. “It’s a very good opportunity… I’m very excited to be back in the NFL with some great people.”

David Shaw Addresses Broncos Hire

Shaw had a successful tenure at Stanford, achieving a 96-54 record and winning two of three Rose Bowl appearances. The four-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year took a year off from coaching in 2023 but interviewed for head coaching positions with both the Titans and Chargers this offseason. When asked about his future coaching plans, Shaw didn’t provide a definitive answer, emphasizing his current focus on his role with the Broncos.

According to Mike Klis of 9News, Shaw’s responsibilities will include breaking down film on college and pro players. Known for his player evaluation skills, Shaw will work primarily remotely as Denver’s new senior personnel executive.

Paton and Payton remain the main decision-makers for the Broncos’ roster decisions. With Payton’s preferred QB prospect, Bo Nix, now on board, there will be heightened expectations in 2024. Nonetheless, Shaw will play a crucial role in the organization’s front office, and it will be interesting to observe how he performs in his new role and how it might open up future opportunities for him in the league.

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