Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that the Broncos have fired offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello on Sunday.
The Broncos have already confirmed the news:
“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. “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. I appreciate all of his hard work and thank him for his contributions to the Broncos.”
This comes as a surprise, given that Broncos worked hard to hire Scangarello away from the 49ers last year. However, it appears Broncos HC Vic Fangio has other plans for his offensive staff in 2020.
There was some reported internal strife between Fangio and the offensive coaching staff that surfaced midseason.
Scangarello, 47, worked at Idaho as an offensive graduate assistant before beginning his coaching career at UC-Davis in 1998. He eventually worked his way up to co-offensive coordinator in 2008 before departing to be the Raiders’ offensive quality control coach in 2009.
Northern Arizona University hired Scangarello as their offensive coordinator/assistant HC in 2010 and he spent three seasons. The Falcons would later hire him as their offensive quality control coach and Scangarello followed Kyle Shanahan to the 49ers as the team’s QBs coach in 2017.
The Broncos got permission from the 49ers last year to hire Scangarello as their offensive coordinator.
In 2019, the Broncos were No. 28 in total yards, No. 28 in total points, No. 20 in rushing yards and No. 28 in passing yards.