Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio filled in as the team’s interim head coach while John Fox was recovering from heart surgery, his second stint running a team after spending nine years in charge of the Jaguars.
Del Rio went 3-1 during those games and his name was dropped in association with some of this year’s head coaching openings. Del Rio said at Wednesday’s media availability that he hasn’t spent time wondering how much interest there was in his services and that he feels confident that he’ll get another shot as a head coach in the future.
“I feel like for me, I’m really blessed to be part of an organization that is playing for the world championship,” Del Rio said. “There certainly are opportunities each and every year, and at some point it will match up with what somebody’s looking for and what I offer. In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy the heck out of my opportunity here to fight and find a way to win a world championship. I’m not going to spend a lot of time wondering if there was a lot of talk, a little talk or those types of things.”
Both of the head coaches in this year’s Super Bowl have had previous runs as NFL head coaches that ended without Super Bowl titles and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said at his Wednesday press conference that he hoped more coaches get the multiple chances that he’s had. Del Rio would fit right into that group, which could help him find that right match if the success Carroll and Fox have found leads teams to go to the recycling bin in their future coaching searches.