But while the Broncos’ coaching search gets started, some of those being conducted by other teams could be winding down soon. Here’s a quick look at some possibilities:
Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase is scheduled to have his second interview with the 49ers on Tuesday, according to a person familiar with the league-wide hiring process. It’s possible that the 49ers will make an effort then to complete a deal with Gase to be Jim Harbaugh’s successor in San Francisco.
Gase is regarded by some as a rising star in the coaching ranks. He has worked well in Denver with quarterback Peyton Manning and could be a candidate to replace Fox in Denver. Fox’s assistants were not fired Monday by the Broncos but were told, according to a person familiar with the situation, they were free to seek other jobs.
Jack Del Rio, Denver’s defensive coordinator and formerly the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, is scheduled to have a second interview Tuesday with the Raiders. He might be the front-runner in Oakland. But few in or around the league ever are quite sure what the Raiders are going to do next. So it’s not clear how firmly entrenched Del Rio is as the favorite for the job.
Fox coached the Broncos to the Super Bowl last season before losing to the Seattle Seahawks. He previously coached the Carolina Panthers to a Super Bowl appearance. He is a respected coach and he has emerged immediately as an attractive candidate for multiple teams. Several people within the league speculated late Monday they believe there is a very good chance that Fox will end up in Chicago.
Jets or Falcons for Bowles?
Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles is a top candidate in this coaching market and likely will land a head coaching job somewhere. He has second interviews scheduled in the coming days with the Jets and Falcons. At least one of them could attempt to hire him immediately. The Jets have seemed particularly interested in Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. But Quinn remains ineligible to be hired as Seattle prepares to play in the NFC title game this weekend.