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.
As expected, several members of John Fox's coaching staff will remain with the team in 2015 under Gary Kubiak, per Mike Klis:
Several notable assistant coaching hirings have occurred in the past day or two. Here they are, plus some other rumors of interest:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Following up on Sunday night's post, here's some of what was written on Monday about Denver's hiring of Gary Kubiak:
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?
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.