While the rest of the league's new head coaches continue to fill out their coaching staffs, the Broncos and Gary Kubiak would still like to hire Cincy secondary coach Vance Joseph to run their defense.
Per Jeff Legwold, the Bengals are only willing to let Joseph out of their contract if they have a suitable replacement in waiting, and the Broncos are apparently hoping that former Giants DC Perry Fewell might be that guy.
CFL All-Star corner Delvin Breaux, who reportedly worked out for many teams, including the Broncos, has agreed to terms with his hometown Saints. The New Orleans native was seriously injured during a high school game and was never cleared to play for LSU; he later played in the Gridiron Developmental and Arena leagues before heading up to the CFL in 2013.
New Orleans sported the fourth least efficient defense in the NFL last year, and the fifth worst against the pass. One reason for their struggles was the decision to sign Champ Bailey over a younger free agent.
The NFL has released a statement detailing its investigation into the Patriots' latest potential cheating scandal. Ted Wells (who investigated the Dolphins' hazing) and Jeff Pash are leading the query, for which "nearly 40 interviews" have occurred (none of them reportedly involving Tom Brady).
Here's the statement in full.
Let's get caught up on the rest of the week's coaching hirings. Jim Tomsula continues to build his coaching staff with the Niners, including a couple of castoffs from across the Bay.
Tomsula has reportedly hired former Jets and Browns coach Eric Mangini to be his defensive coordinator. Tony Sparano, who, like Mangini, interviewed for the Raiders' head job, will coach tight ends under Tomsula and a yet-to-be-hired OC, possibly former Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin.
Gary Kubiak is set to hire his first defensive assistant in Denver by bringing defensive line coach Bill Kollar over from Houston. Kollar, 62, spent six seasons with the Texans, including his first five under Kubiak. Houston coach Bill O'Brien permitted the lateral move because Kollar's two sons and grandsons live in Denver.
Kollar is credited with playing a large role in the development of J.J. Watt; he'll take over for Jay Rodgers, whose brother, Jeff, has followed John Fox to Chicago. There's no word yet on whether Jay will join the exodus.
Having been rebuffed by Cincy in their efforts to hire Vance Joseph, the Broncos have reportedly reached out to former DC and head coach Wade Phillips about running their defense.
Phillips spent the 2014 season out of the NFL; from 2011 to 2013, he was Houston's DC under Gary Kubiak, and took over on an interim basis after Kubiak was fired. He was Denver's DC from 1989 to 1992 and their head coach the next two years, when he essentially served as the placeholder until Mike Shanahan felt ready to take over the team.
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The Broncos re-signed quarterback Zac Dysert to a future contract on Wednesday. Denver drafted the Miami of Ohio alum in the seventh round of the 2013 Draft; he was inactive for all 16 games as a rookie and spent the 2014 season on the practice squad.
As expected, the Bears and John Fox have reportedly hired former Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase to run their offense.
Additionally, Ed Donatell will coach defensive backs under Fox and Vic Fangio; Donatell held that position during two stints with the Broncos (1995-99, 2009-10).
While the Broncos are surely disappointed that Cincy won't let them hire Vance Joseph as their next defensive coordinator, the Bengals are far from alone in their use of a rule that permits teams to block promotions to positions other than head coach.
To wit, on Tuesday alone, the Rams were blocked by two different teams in their search for a new offensive coordinator - the Colts prevented them from meeting with Rob Chudzinksi, while the Packers did the same with Alex Van Pelt. As Jim Thomas notes in that story, Green Bay has blocked many assistants from interviewing over the years.