Vikings head coach search starts with Broncos coordinators Jack Del Rio and Adam Gase

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Leslie Frazier is fired in Minnesota, and the Broncos' Jack Del Rio and Adam Gase are both reported head coach candidates.

The trend of Broncos coordinators being hot NFL head coaching candidates continues in 2013. In fact, it's hotter than ever.

Minutes after the Minnesota Vikings fired Leslie Frazier, two names surfaced as possible replacements. Both are coordinators for the Denver Broncos.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Vikings have already inquired about Adam Gase, Denver's first-year offensive coordinator. They are also thought to be interested in Jack Del Rio, the former Vikings linebacker who filled in as Broncos interim head coach for four games this season.

Broncos coordinators have been a hot NFL coaching commodity in recent years. Raiders head coach Dennis Allen was Denver's defensive coordinator, while Chargers head coach Mike McCoy left the Broncos' offensive coordinator position just a year ago.

Broncos fans thought they might have avoided losing JDR after USC hired Steve Sarkisian, but apparently Del Rio is still an interesting name in NFL coaching circles.

Jack Del Rio's head coach resume

Age: 50 | Experience: 17
Years with Broncos: 2
Record as defensive coordinator (Broncos): 26-7
Record as head coach (all-time): 71-72

Jack Del Rio went 3-1 as Broncos interim head coach in 2013, and his record as Jaguars head coach was not too shabby considering the talent his GM left him with. It's only a matter of time before Del Rio, a noted player's coach, gets a second chance in the NFL. Will that be in 2014?

Adam Gase's head coach resume

Age: 34 | Experience: 9
Years with Broncos: 5
Record as offensive coordinator (Broncos): 13-3

Adam Gase only has one season as an NFL offensive coordinator, but in that one season he helped the Broncos break just about every NFL offensive record in the book. Most of the credit has understandably gone to QB Peyton Manning - and John Elway for creating a team loaded with so much talent - but perhaps Gase is on this list because teams recognize his impact on Denver's offense as well. Gase spent two years as Broncos wide receivers coach then two years as quarterbacks coach before his promotion to offensive coordinator in January 2013, directly coaching the likes of Brandon Marshall, Tim Tebow, and Peyton Manning.

Hey, why don't you just take both of them, Minnesota? Why not let them be co-head coaches and really screw the Broncos in the process?

Just kidding. Kind of. Best of luck to these two should they get head coach interview opportunities, and in the meantime, let's focus on a Broncos playoff game in less than two weeks.

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