DENVER — The Broncos officially fired head coach Vic Fangio on Sunday.

Fangio, who spent three seasons as the Broncos' head coach, was informed Sunday morning he would not be returning for a fourth season. That means General Manager George Paton will lead his first coaching search as an NFL GM, hoping to get the Broncos back to the playoffs. 

"George will have full authority to select the next head coach of the Broncos," Broncos President and CEO Joe Ellis said in a statement. "This is his decision and his program. I have complete confidence in George's ability to lead an exhaustive and successful head coaching search. We will give George every available resource and fully support him in hiring the very best head coach to lead the Broncos."

A look back at the records of all of the Denver Broncos coaches.

Paton will be in charge of finding the organization's 18th head coach, and there are several intriguing candidates he might want to interview. 

“We’re wide open," Paton said Sunday. "We’re going to have an open book and keep all of our options open. There have been a lot of great head coaches that have never had experience, and there have been really good head coaches that did have experience. I think we’re going to keep an open mind and it’s going to be a wide range. We’re going to be very thorough, and we’re going to look at all the candidates."

Here are 10 names to watch in the search. 

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Dallas Cowboys acting head coach Dan Quinn walks the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, in New Orleans.

Dan Quinn, Cowboys defensive coordinator: Quinn is in his first season as defensive coordinator in Dallas, but spent the previous six as the head coach in Atlanta. He led the Falcons to the Super Bowl in 2016, where they famously gave up the largest lead in Super Bowl history. Quinn won a Super Bowl as defensive coordinator of the Seahawks in 2013, the franchise's first title. 

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Green Bay Packers oeensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett is seen before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis.

Nathaniel Hackett, Packers offensive coordinator: Hackett has never been a head coach, but has been an offensive coordinator for almost a decade, spending time with the Bills, Jaguars and currently the Packers. 

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Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy speaks Jan. 23, 2021, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

Eric Bieniemy, Chiefs offensive coordinator: Bieniemy has Colorado ties, having played for the University of Colorado Boulder in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He got his coaching start as a running backs coach for his alma matter, then moved to the NFL. He's been the Chiefs offensive coordinator since 2018, where he's helped develop Patrick Mahomes into one of the games top arms. 

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) leaves the field with offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich after the team lost to the New Orleans Saints during an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, in Tampa, Fla.

Byron Leftwich, Buccaneers offensive coordinator: Leftwich was a quarterback in the NFL for 10 seasons, playing for the Jaguars, Falcons, Steelers and Buccaneers before retiring in 2012. He won a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers last season, coordinating an offense that has included Tom Brady for the past two years. 

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New England Patriots outside linebacker Jerod Mayo, behind center, jokingly holds a microphone as teammate Logan Mankins talks with reporters after NFL football practice in Foxborough, Mass., Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Jerod Mayo, Patriots linebackers coach: Mayo is only 35 and has only three years of coaching experience. But his accolades as a player — Super Bowl champion, Defensive Rookie of the Year (2008) and multiple pro bowl nominations — show his expertise. 

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Buffalo Bills NFL football team offensive coordinator Brian Daboll gestures while speaking to the media in Orchard Park, N.Y., Thursday, May 31, 2018. Daboll, who grew up near Buffalo, spent last year overseeing the offense at NCAA college football national champion Alabama. (AP Photo/John Wawrow)

Brian Daboll, Bills offensive coordinator: Daboll has been on an NFL staff since 2000, but never as a head coach. He's been with the Bills since 2018, helping them turn into an AFC contender. He previously worked for the Patriots, Chiefs, Dolphins, Browns, Jets and the University of Alabama for one season. 

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Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, right, and coach Mike McCarthy watch from the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, in Arlington, Texas.

Kellen Moore, Cowboys offensive coordinator: Moore spent the past three years of his playing career and all of his coaching time with the Cowboys. He started as the quarterbacks coach in 2018 and has been the offensive coordinator since 2019. 

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FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles' head coach Doug Pederson looks on during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Philadelphia. The Eagles and the New England Patriots are set to meet in Super Bowl 52 on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

Doug Pederson, former Eagles head coach: Pederson was fired from the Eagles last year and did not take a new position for the 2021 season. He went 46-39-1 in his five years leading Philadelphia. 

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FILE - Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier walks on the field before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, on Oct. 3, 2021, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Frazier is credited for providing the Bills a calm and reassuring voice even at the the most troubling times.

Leslie Frazier, Bills defensive coordinator: Frazier has held a variety of defensive positions in the NFL since 1999, and was a head coach for three seasons in Minnesota. He's been with the Bills since 2018 as an assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. 

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San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel, right, walks onto the field with Ambry Thomas (20), cornerback Deommodore Lenoir (38) and running back Wayne Gallman II (22) before an NFL preseason football game against the Las Vegas Raiders in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

Mike McDaniel, 49ers offensive coordinator: An Aurora native, McDaniel got his start with the Broncos, working as an intern in 2005. He's worked as a wide receivers coach for Washington and the Browns, then got hired as the offensive coordinator in San Francisco for the 2021 season. 

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