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.
According to Mike Klis, the Broncos may consider former 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio for their head job. Fangio was passed over by San Francisco, who interviewed him two weeks ago but promoted defensive line coach Jim Tomsula instead.
Dianna Marie Russini reports that Fangio and the rest of Jim Harbaugh's former assistants have been fired (with the exception of running backs coach Tom Rathman), so Denver would not need permission from the Niners to meet with him.
As expected, the Broncos have formally requested an interview with Baltimore OC Gary Kubiak, according to Adam Schefter. Kubes is seen by many to be the frontrunner for Denver's head job, given his close relationship with John Elway and long history with the Broncos as a player and coach.
Per Albert Breer, Kubiak will speak today with head coach John Harbaugh, presumably to discuss whether he'd like to pursue the Denver job.
In typical Raiders fashion, the team has not announced its agreement with Jack Del Rio, who will be Oakland's next head coach.
Today's speculation as to Del Rio's possible assistants has steered clear of Dove Valley, which is perhaps a nod to the possibility that Adam Gase gets promoted. Mike Klis mentioned earlier in the week that Denver secondary coach Cory Undlin might be a DC candidate under Del Rio.
Denver is scheduled to interview Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin on Friday, according to Ian Rapoport. Austin met with Chicago earlier in the week and has/had a second interview with Atlanta on Wednesday.
According to multiple reports, the 49ers have passed on hiring Adam Gase, choosing instead to promote defensive line coach Jim Tomsula.
Per Mike Klis, Gase remains a candidate for Denver's head job, but could also stick around as their OC. The 36-year old has also interviewed with Atlanta and Chicago.
With Jack Del Rio, Adam Gase, and John Fox splitting off in different directions, Ian Rapoport says a battle over current Broncos assistants figures to break out.
Denver's next head coach is going to want to pick his own staff anyway, but who knows - maybe he'll want to keep someone like strength coach Luke Richesson.