The Jacksonville Jaguars became the first team to hire a head coach, announcing Doug Marrone will take over from his interim role. The Jaguars also brought back Tom Coughlin in a senior personnel role where he will be in charge of the 53-man roster.
The Jaguars decision removes them from the Josh McDaniels sweepstakes, which now features the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams. The 49ers are approaching this process from a few different angles, and one of them involves the Denver Broncos. The Broncos and 49ers both interviewed Atlanta Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan, and both have interviews lined up with Miami Dolphins DC Vance Joseph. Denver is interviewing Joseph on Tuesday, and the 49ers have an interview lined up with him on Thursday.
Whether or not that interview happens remains to be seen, and it could shake out some more of this situation. Broncos reporter Mike Klis offered up his perception of the situation.
To me its simple: If Vance Joseph leaves today without offer focus will turn to Kyle Shanahan as HC. If Joseph stays he's the guy. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) January 10, 2017
It sounds like the Broncos could be the next team to figure out their head coaching situation. The 49ers and Rams have interviews scheduled into the weekend. The Chargers and Bills are a little more difficult to figure out as far as I can tell.
If the Broncos are focused in on Joseph and/or Shanahan, they could get this sorted out pretty quickly. They cannot sign Shanahan to a contract until after the Falcons are finished with the playoffs. They cannot even have a second interview with him until next week if the Falcons lose this weekend, or the following week whether or not the Falcons win the NFC title game. They can’t sign Shanahan until he is done with the playoffs, but if the two sides decide to make it happen, we’ll hear about it before then.