Even the longest journey begins with a single step...and sometimes a single step is the entire journey. Boise State’s month-long search for their new OC ended up being more a game of hide-and-seek, as they spent plenty of time just to find their new OC hiding behind a stack of boxes in their own football facility. Whether the search was truly nationwide or if they were just letting Broncos fans swing in the breeze, Boise State wide receivers coach (formerly) Eric Kiesau will take over playcalling and QB coach duties next season just like many suspected he would.
Kiesau, 47, has been with the Broncos since 2017 and has done great things with the wide receiver unit (both coachin’ and crootin’) but will now move into a new role as their primary Xs and Os man. Kiesau has plenty of OC experience, as he held the same title at Colorado, Washington, Kansas, and Fresno State, and he also was an offensive analyst at Alabama. Alongside his OC duties, Kiesau will be coaching QBs—the first time he’s held that particular role in a professional setting, but he did play quarterback at the collegiate level so I’m sure he’ll have that in the bag as well. Some fans (myself included), thought the Broncos might search a little further than their own parking lot (and maybe they did), but now that the hiring is official, it makes a lot of sense...the Broncos return a lot of playmakers on the offensive side of the ball and continuity hires have served us well in the past.
Now, the Broncos just need to hire their new WRs and RBs coach and the rumor mill has been milling a possible Matt Miller return at the former. Miller had a stellar receiving career at Boise State and has been the Offensive Coordinator and QBs coach at Montana State since 2018 under Jeff Choate. Miller also was an offensive quality control coach and grad assistant in 2015. If that’s the move, the Broncos just need to find a running backs coach and they’ll be set. I’d do it, but I don’t know if I have the time.
Congratulations to Coach Kiesau! I know you don’t need notes, coach...but keep the name “George Holani” in your back pocket when drawing up game plans.