It looks like the Broncos and John Elway will have to find a Plan B after all, at least as far as their next defensive coordinator is concerned. According to Alex Marvez, the Bengals have blocked secondary coach Vance Joseph from interviewing for a promotion in either Denver or San Francisco.
As Ben Hochman discussed on Monday night, hiring Joseph would have been a historic move for the Broncos, who have had only one African-American coordinator in their history (Ray Rhodes).
According to Dianna Marie Russini, the Bengals have allowed secondary coach Vance Joseph out of his contract to pursue a defensive coordinator position, presumably in Denver. The former CU Buff quarterback has coached NFL defensive backs for the past ten seasons, including three with Houston under Gary Kubiak (2011-13).
Meanwhile, Adam Gase is reportedly interviewing with the Bears about their OC vacancy on Wednesday, which would seem to suggest he's a slam dunk for the job. After all, why would John Fox bring him to Chicago and not hire him? Then again, Charlie Weis is also reportedly a candidate for the job.
Three more former Broncos assistants have joined John Fox's staff in Chicago: Dave Magazu (offensive line), Sam Garnes (secondary assistant), and Derius Swinton (special teams assistant). Special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers was the first assistant to make the move with Fox; it remains to be seen whether his brother Jay (defensive line) follows suit.
Magazu has been replaced by former tight ends coach Clancy Barone, while Joe DeCamillis and Jeff Rodgers have traded places. Denver's defensive staff figures to be on hold until they hire a defensive coordinator, possibly Cincy secondary coach Vance Joseph.
Joe DeCamillis is returning to the Broncos to again be their special teams coach, according to Michael C. Wright. He previously held that role in Denver under Dan Reeves from 1988 to 1992, before following the latter to the Giants and Falcons. The Arvada native and Wyoming alum spent the last two seasons in Chicago, but is being replaced by former Broncos coach Jeff Rodgers.
DeCamillis was seriously injured in the Cowboys' notorious practice bubble collapse of 2009, suffering fractured cervical vertebrae during the accident.
Baltimore has hired Marc Trestman to replace Gary Kubiak as their OC. Trestman was fired by Chicago after two seasons as head coach.
The options continue to narrow for Adam Gase, as Jacksonville is reportedly hiring Greg Olson to run their offense.
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:
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.
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.
The Broncos' hiring of tight ends coach Brian Pariani may not mean a parting of ways with Clancy Barone. Rather, Mike Klis says Barone may stick as Denver's offensive line coach, a role he also filled in 2010. Alex Gibbs may even make another return, possibly as a consultant to Barone.
Per Klis, Vance Joseph is still the likeliest candidate to run the defense, while Kubiak hopes to retain receivers coach Tyke Tolbert, who came to Denver along with John Fox in 2011. Greg Knapp (quarterbacks) and Richard Smith (linebackers) may also stay, while Cory Undlin (secondary) is expected to make a lateral shift to Philly.