With the news that Broncos coach John Fox needs surgery to replace a heart valve, the first order of business will be to name an interim coach.
Per a league source, Fox and executive V.P. of football operations John Elway currently are working toward making the decision. While it could be finalized today, we’re told there’s a chance the decision won’t be announced until Monday morning.
Either way, it’s expected that an interim coach will be named before a Monday morning team meeting set for 10:05 a.m. ET.
The signs currently point to defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio getting the assignment. Other possibilities include running backs coach Eric Studesville and offensive coordinator Adam Gase. Before the decision can be made and announced, however, Fox and Elway will need to communicate with other coaches and coordinate with team captains.
There’s also a contractual issue to be addressed. The interim coach will have enhanced duties, and he’ll need to be paid accordingly.