Evero speaks on why he turned down interim job, friendship with Hackett

Dec 29, 2022, 3:50 PM

When the Broncos fired Nathaniel Hackett on Monday, many thought defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero would be the team’s interim head coach.

After all, Denver’s defense has been the team’s best unit by a mile this season. And it seems like Evero deserved the job. CEO Greg Penner and GM George Paton felt the same way, as the chance was reportedly offered to Evero.

However, he declined the opportunity, and Jerry Rosburg received the title instead. Rosburg spoke glowingly of Evero and explained what happened at his introductory press conference on Wednesday. On Thursday, Evero took the podium and was asked why he turned it down.

“I don’t want to get in to much of the details, but at the end of the day this is not a situation that any of us wanted to be in. We just all agreed that the best thing for this team moving forward was for me to continue to work with the defense. Fully invested there and I think that’s where I could have the best value for this team,” Evero said.

It makes sense, with Evero a candidate for the full-time head coaching job in Denver, as well as others around the NFL, the last thing he wanted to do was take over and watch the Broncos play two lousy games. If they look like they did in L.A. against the Rams, putting similar performances on tape against the Chiefs and Chargers wouldn’t help Evero’s stock.

However, just because Evero said no this time, doesn’t mean it’s not on his mind to become an NFL head coach one day.

“That’s always an ambition. I would say most coaches always strives to obtain that position. But I’m not worried about that right now. Right now, I’m fully invested in this team. We’ve got two more games. We’ve got a great opportunity this week against Kansas City and that’s where I’m completely focused at,” Evero said.

While he eventually went into coach-speak, the start of that answer is telling. Evero does want to be the man in charge at some point. And while it won’t be the next two weeks for the Broncos, that could also be because of Hackett. It’s widely known the two are good friends, maybe even best friends. Evero spoke glowingly of a man he probably didn’t want to replace right away.

“It’s been hard. First of all, he’s a great friend. He’s family. I hold him in high regard. More so, not even as a friend and family, he’s a helluva coach and I thought he did a great job here. There was a lot of adverse situations and things that didn’t work our way. At the end of the day, this is what we signed up for, and we have to live with these consequences when we have these types of results,” Evero said.

And live with the results the Broncos will. While three coaches have already been fired, more major changes are expected this offseason. We’ll see if that includes Evero in Denver’s plans, either as DC or with a promotion.



Terrion Arnold...

Andrew Mason

Broncos interview potential top corner in class at NFL Combine

Alabama CB Terrion Arnold met with 25 teams on a formal basis at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis -- including the Denver Broncos.

6 hours ago

Caleb Williams Broncos trade...

Will Petersen

Don’t count out a big trade up as Broncos met with all the top QBs

For 18 minutes the Broncos spoke with Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels and Drake Maye; they'd have to make a big trade to land any of the three

8 hours ago


Will Petersen

Report: One Broncos players had multiple cars stolen at team hotel

Mike Klis has clarity on a curious line in the NFLPA survey, saying "multiple stolen cars" at the team hotel belonged to one Broncos player

12 hours ago

Brock Bowers...

Andrew Mason

Brock Bowers meets with Broncos at Combine; could he be a fit?

Tight end is on the Broncos' list -- and so is Georgia's Brock Bowers, who had a formal interview with the team.

12 hours ago

Russell Wilson...

Will Petersen

Orlovsky: Russell Wilson would win 11 games with two new teams

ESPN's Dan Orlovsky thinks Broncos QB Russell Wilson could flourish with either the Pittsburgh Steelers or Atlanta Falcons next year

12 hours ago

Fabien Lovett...

Andrew Mason

Broncos have formal interview with stellar run stuffer Fabien Lovett

The Broncos began the NFL Combine week by turning their attention to the defensive line, including a dominant run stuffer.

1 day ago

Evero speaks on why he turned down interim job, friendship with Hackett