With Broncos coach John Fox out for “several weeks” due to a looming heart-valve procedure, most of the speculation regarding his replacement has centered on defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio.
Del Rio is the obvious choice, given that he coached the Jacksonville Jaguars for nine (yes, nine) seasons.
If it was that obvious, Del Rio already would have been named the interim head coach. It’s possible that the assignment will go to a guy who has served as interim head coach of the Broncos before.
After Josh McDaniels was fired during the 2010 season, the Broncos handed the reins to running backs coach Eric Studesville, who worked four games in that capacity before Fox was hired after the season ended.
Picking Studesville would allow Del Rio to focus on a defense that needs to improve, and it otherwise allows the other coordinators to continue coordinating.
Last year in New Orleans, neither the interim coach (Joe Vitt, linebackers) and the interim to the interim head coach (Aaron Kromer, offensive line) were coordinators. The Broncos could end up doing the same thing with Fox’s replacement.