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The Best Denver Broncos Coaches of All Time 

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Updated June 14, 2019 1.9k votes 453 voters 11.2k views 17 items

There have been many Denver Broncos coaches since the team got its start, but who is truly the best Denver Broncos coach of all time? Help us answer that question by upvoting your personal favorite Denver Broncos coaches, and downvoting any that you believe brought the team down.

Mike Shanahan is widely regarded as one of the Denver Broncos top coaches, winning two back-to-back Super Bowls in 1997 and 1998. Although the team had the legendary John Elway as their quarterback, Shanahan's coaching was still instrumental in the team's success.

Other coaches to take the Broncos to the Super Bowl include Dan Reeves, with three AFC Championships under his belt, and John Fox, who took the Broncos to the big game in 2013. Who is the greatest Denver Broncos coach of all time? Let us know by upvoting for your favorite head coaches below that you believe really made an impact on the franchise.
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Mike Shanahan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Coaches of All Time
Age: 67

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois

Teams: Eastern Illinois Panthers Football Team

Michael Edward Shanahan (born August 24, 1952) is a former American football coach, best known as the head coach of the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL) from 1995 to 2008. ...more
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Gary Kubiak is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Coaches of All Time
Age: 58

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Houston, Texas

Teams: Denver Broncos, Texas A&M Aggies football

Gary Wayne Kubiak (born August 15, 1961) is an American football coach and former player who is currently assistant head coach and offensive advisor for the Minnesota Vikings of the National ...more

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Dan Reeves is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Coaches of All Time
Dan Reeves Age: 75

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Rome, Georgia

Teams: Dallas Cowboys

Daniel Edward Reeves (born January 19, 1944) is a former American football running back and coach in the National Football League (NFL). Over the course of his 38 years in the NFL, Reeves ...more

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Wade Phillips is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Coaches of All Time
Age: 72

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Orange, Texas, United States of America

Wade Phillips (born June 21, 1947) is an American football coach who is the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He also served two stints as ...more
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Red Miller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Coaches of All Time
Age: 92

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Macomb, Illinois

Robert "Red" Miller (October 31, 1927 – September 27, 2017) was a professional football coach with the Denver Broncos. On May 4, 2017, it was announced that Miller would be inducted ...more
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John Fox is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Coaches of All Time
Age: 64

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Virginia Beach, Virginia

Teams: San Diego State Aztecs football

John Fox (born February 8, 1955) is a former American football coach and player. He was the head coach of the Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears of the National Football League ...more
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John Ralston is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Coaches of All Time
Age: 92

Nationality: Canada, United States of America

Birthplace: Oakland, California

John R. Ralston (born April 26, 1927) is a former American football player, coach, and sports executive. He served as the head football coach at Utah State University (1959–1962), Stanford ...more
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Lou Saban is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 88 (1921-2009)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Brookfield, Illinois

Louis Henry Saban (October 13, 1921 – March 29, 2009) was an American football player and coach. He played for Indiana University in college and as a professional for the Cleveland Browns of the ...more
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Vic Fangio is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Coaches of All Time
lagman.cs added Vic Fangio Age: 60

Nationality: Italian?

Teams: Broncos, Bears, 49ers

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Frank Filchock is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 78 (1916-1994)

Nationality: Canada, United States of America

Birthplace: Crucible, Pennsylvania

Frank Joseph Filchock (October 8, 1916 – June 20, 1994) was an American and Canadian football tailback/quarterback and coach. As a consequence of a famous scandal regarding the 1946 NFL ...more
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Mac Speedie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 73 (1920-1993)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Odell, Illinois

Mac Curtis Speedie (January 12, 1920 – March 5, 1993) was an American football end who played for the Cleveland Browns in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and National Football League ...more

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Jack Faulkner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1926-2008)
Jack Faulkner (April 4, 1926 – September 28, 2008) was an American football coach and administrator who most prominently served as head coach of the American Football League's Denver Broncos ...more
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Eric Studesville is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Coaches of All Time
Age: 52

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin

Eric Studesville (born May 29, 1967) is an American football running backs coach and run game coordinator for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). Studesville is known as ...more
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Josh McDaniels is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Coaches of All Time
Age: 43

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Barberton, Ohio

Teams: Blue Streaks Football

Joshua Thomas McDaniels (born April 22, 1976) is an American football coach who is the offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). McDaniels was one ...more

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Vance Joseph is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Coaches of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Age: 47

Birthplace: Marrero, Louisiana

Vance Desmond Joseph (born September 20, 1972) is an American football coach and former player who is the defensive coordinator of the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). ...more
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Jerry Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 43 (1943-1986)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Eugene, Oregon

Gerald Thomas Smith (July 19, 1943 – October 15, 1986) was a professional American football tight end for the National Football League's Washington Redskins from 1965 to 1977. By the time he ...more

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Ray Malavasi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 57 (1930-1987)

Nationality: Canada

Ray Malavasi (November 8, 1930 – December 15, 1987) was a football coach who served as head coach of two National Football League teams: the Denver Broncos and the Los Angeles Rams.