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While interest can still develop, it appears the Denver Broncos will have their defensive coordinator returning for the first time in seven years.
Denver defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio told reporters Thursday he has not had any interviews for head coaching jobs set up yet. Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy has interest from four teams and has interviews set for this weekend while the Broncos are on their bye during the playoffs.
Del Rio has been wildly successful in his first season as Denver’s defensive coordinator. Denver finished No. 2 in the NFL in defense this season. It was 20th last season and 32nd two years ago. Del Rio is Denver’s seventh defensive coordinator in seven years.
Many people thought Del Rio, fired as head coach in Jacksonville in 2011, might draw interest this offseason. Del Rio said he is not surprised he has not been contacted and seems fine with it.
“You never know how things are going to shake out, this year or any other year,” Del Rio said. “From my standpoint, I think it’s an honor to be involved in this league, playing and coaching, as long as I have. I really do believe that this game’s given me a lot more than I’ve been able to give it, I really do believe that, but I’ll keep trying. I’m having fun doing what I’m doing now, and if opportunities come in the future, I’ll look at them, but right now I’m 100 percent trying to help these Broncos go win a championship.”
Denver’s players love Del Rio and know he is a big part of the team’s 13-3 season. Denver star cornerback Champ Bailey said the team wants the best for Del Rio, but he didn’t lie when asked if it would be a big deal for the team if Del Rio is in Denver for the 2013 season: “Yeah. Yeah, it would. To us, yeah, it would.”
Meanwhile, McCoy said he will make it clear to teams this weekend that his current focus is on the Broncos and not trying to get a job.
“Well, the No. 1 task at hand is the playoffs and the organizations that I’ll sit down with this weekend, they’ll understand that,” McCoy told reporters. “So if there’s a question that I might not have an answer for, I’m going to let them know upfront that very honestly, my No. 1 priority is to win football games here for the Denver Broncos. I’m employed here and I have a job to do. That’s what we’re going to do moving forward and they’ll understand that.”
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