According to Josina Anderson, Teryl Austin has pulled his name from consideration for the Broncos' head coaching job. He was scheduled to meet with them on Friday.
Some possible reasons: Austin may be focused on the Atlanta job, for which he interviewed a second time on Thursday; he knows that Gary Kubiak is the heavy favorite for the Denver job.
After his hometown Houston Texans, which he coached for most of eight seasons, the Denver gig has to be a close second for Kubes as dream jobs go. He figures to be the clear frontrunner now, and it would be something of a shock if John Elway does not hire his longtime former backup and coach.
As had been suggested might happen, the Broncos' Friday interview with Teryl Austin has been canceled, per Ian Rapoport. At this point, it's unknown whether the cancellation was initiated by Austin or the Broncos, but Rapoport says the meeting has not been rescheduled.
FWIW, Denver's meeting with Vance Joseph will put the team in compliance with the league's Rooney Rule, which mandates that at least one minority candidate be interviewed before a hiring is made.
Denver's coaching search will continue Friday with an interview of Cincy secondary coach and former CU Buffs backup quarterback Vance Joseph.
Atlanta is expected to re-interview Seattle DC Dan Quinn as soon as Monday, although reportedly, no meeting is scheduled. The Broncos, since they did not interview Quinn during the first round, must wait until the Seahawks' season is over.
Per Vaughm McClure, Teryl Austin interviewed with the Falcons on Thursday for a second time, apparently without a contract offer. Austin is set to meet with Denver on Friday.
The Broncos are officially interviewing Adam Gase for a possible promotion to head coach today. John Elway had met with Gase on Tuesday and Wednesday, but those were apparently not formal interviews.
Teryl Austin will interview on Friday, and the team has requested a meeting with Ravens OC Gary Kubiak.
The Broncos will apparently be rooting particularly hard for Green Bay on Sunday, and not just because the Seahawks demolished the Broncos in SB 48. According to Mike Klis, John Elway & Co. are unwilling to wait for SB 49's conclusion to interview Seattle DC Dan Quinn, as they would have to do if the Seahawks should prevail in the NFC title game.
If Gary Kubiak is the Broncos' next head coach, Rick Dennison could be his offensive coordinator, according to Vic Lombardi and Jeff Zrebiec. Per Zrebiec, Ravens tight ends coach Brian Pariani might also head back to Denver, where he held that position for ten years (1995-2004).
According to Jason Cole, John Fox is expected to get the head job in Chicago, where he'll have a quarterback more appropriate for handing the ball off, punting, kicking short field goals (better than those end zone interceptions, amirite Jay?), and not audibling.*
While Fox's split from Denver was officially termed a "parting of ways" which would suggest a mutual decision and ripping up of his contract, it's been suggested elsewhere that Fox was still owed the balance of his contract.
Just like that, Adam Gase has gone from hot head coaching candidate to hot offensive coordinator candidate. According to multiple reports, the Falcons have requested a chance to interview Gase to run their offense, as the Rams did earlier in the day.