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Denver coaching candidate update

1/7/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Since firing Mike Shanahan eight days ago, the Broncos have been busy interviewing potential replacements. Wednesday, they are interviewing their sixth candidate. A seventh candidate will be interviewed Thursday.

Here is an update with information on the newest candidates on top:

Leslie Frazier, Minnesota Vikings, defensive coordinator

Interview schedule: Wednesday.

The skinny: Frazier has been a hot candidate for the past couple of years. He is credited for turning around Minnesota's defense. Denver's defense is in a major need of an overhaul.

Todd Bowles, Miami Dolphins, secondary coach

Interview schedule: Thursday

The skinny: Bowles is young but many NFL insiders speak highly of him. He is considered a head coach in waiting. Detroit is also interested in him.

Steve Spagnuolo, New York Giants, defensive coordinator

When interviewed: Saturday.

The skinny: He is one of the most sought after current coordinators in the league. His unit has consistently been one of the best in the NFL. Denver is said to be very intrigued by Spagnuolo. Some consider him a favorite for the job. The Jets are also in hot pursuit.

Josh McDaniels, New England Patriots, offensive coordinator

When interviewed: Sunday.

The skinny: McDaniels, 32, is considered one of the better young offensive minds in the league. He did a brilliant job preparing Matt Cassel after Tom Brady was lost for the season in Week 1. The Broncos may be leaning toward a defensive coach, but considering Denver's strong offensive pieces, getting someone like McDaniels to take over for Shanahan could be tempting.McDaniels has interviewed with Cleveland, although former Jets coach Eric Mangini was announced as the Browns head coach Wednesday.

Raheem Morris, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, defensive coordinator

When interviewed: Monday.

The skinny: Morris is basically the defensive version of McDaniels. Morris, too, is 32. He was just promoted to defensive coordinator in Tampa Bay. He is inexperienced but considered a potential coaching star. He has a chance to win the job with a dynamite interview.

Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys, offensive coordinator

When interviewed: Tuesday.

The skinny: He was the hot coaching prospect last year and is the supposed coach-in-waiting in Dallas. His shine may have lost some luster after the drama on the offensive side of the ball in Dallas this season. Still, Denver has long been intrigued by Garrett. He'll get a long look.

Rick Dennison, Denver Broncos, run game coordinator

When interviewed: Tuesday

The skinny: A former Denver player and a longtime Denver assistant, Dennison knows the Broncos' way very well. Still, he has to be considered a major long shot.