Report: Vance Joseph not a slam dunk for Broncos DC

As of this morning, the Bengals have reportedly not yet granted permission for Denver to hire Vance Joseph as their defensive coordinator. Per Alex Marvez, owner Mike Brown plans to meet with Joseph at the Senior Bowl before deciding whether to release him from his contract as Cincy's secondary coach. While a move to Denver as DC would be a significant promotion, the Bengals have blocked similar moves in the past, including with Kevin Coyle, as Marvez notes.

Klis: Broncos retaining five incumbent assistants

As expected, several members of John Fox's coaching staff will remain with the team in 2015 under Gary Kubiak, per Mike Klis:

  • Eric Studesville, who was Denver's interim coach after Josh McDaniels was fired, will keep coaching running backs
  • Clancy Barone will shift from tight ends back to offensive line, which he coached under McDaniels in 2010

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Coaching Carousel: Dennis Allen heads back to New Orleans

Several notable assistant coaching hirings have occurred in the past day or two. Here they are, plus some other rumors of interest:

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Open Thread: Broncos introduce Gary Kubiak as head coach

Gary Kubiak will be introduced as the Broncos' new head coach at the top of the hour. It will stream live on the official site and KOA. Here's what Kubiak said on BTV on Monday:

I understand the expectations that are here, and obviously, John's my buddy; we were roommates, and we played together. I understand everything that this organization stands for, and I'm just so proud that they're giving me an opportunity to come in here and be a part of it. The Denver Broncos are about winning championships, but there's a lot of work to do between saying that and getting it done.

11 Broncos on PFF’s All-AFCW squad

PFF included 11 Broncos on its All-AFCW team for 2014: C.J. Anderson, Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Orlando Franklin, Louis Vasquez, Von Miller, Malik Jackson, Terrance Knighton, Brandon Marshall, Chris Harris, and T.J. Ward. Oddly, Sanders is listed as a slot receiver, while Vasquez is listed as a guard.

Of more importance, three of these players - Thomas, Franklin, and Knighton - are set to hit free agency, while Harris was re-signed last month.

Denver Broncos 2015 Free Agency Tracker

Here's the 2015 iteration of our free agency tracker; bookmark it - tattoo the URL, even (can't turn out as poorly as this guy's) - and check back often - we'll update it as moves occur over the next several months.

Denver enters the offseason with 12 unrestricted free agents, three restricted free agents, and four exclusive rights free agents.

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Bill Musgrave to run Raiders offense under Jack Del Rio

Jack Del Rio's first coordinator hire in Oakland will reportedly be Bill Musgrave, who was also Del Rio's first OC in Jacksonville. It's also the second stint in Oakland for the Grand Junction native and onetime backup quarterback to John Elway; Musgrave was the Raiders' QB coach in 1997.

Monday’s thoughts on the Gary Kubiak hire

Following up on Sunday night's post, here's some of what was written on Monday about Denver's hiring of Gary Kubiak:

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Patriots file tampering charges against LOLJets

Hey, so remember when Sticks Johnson opened his big, fat mouth and publicly mused about how he'd love to have Darrelle Revis back on the LOLJets? Johnson's phone apology to Robert Kraft apparently wasn't heartfelt enough, because the Pats filed tampering charges with the league. When Johnson is found to have violated the league's policy, the team is expected to face a fine.

While this was such a clear mistake by Johnson, there's a richness to the Patriots' having blown the whistle on another team's impropriety, isn't there?

Adam Gase interviewing with Ravens about OC vacancy

Now that Rick Dennison has his old job, Adam Gase is interviewing tonight for Gary Kubiak's former gig as Baltimore's OC. Oakland and Jack Del Rio are among Gase's other suitors, but reports suggest Gase is likely to end up in either Baltimore or Jacksonville.

Meanwhile, as expected, secondary coach Cory Undlin has left to take the same job in Philadelphia.