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Broncos coaching search: Teryl Austin is in town as Denver narrows down to five candidates

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It's still early, but Denver has only requested to interview one head coaching candidate since parting ways with John Fox. Scroll down to learn more about that candidate and the four others.

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After former Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio was named head coach of the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday, Denver's list of candidates to replace John Fox has decreased to five.

Here's an updated summary of Denver's five candidates:

  • Dan Quinn: Denver has not yet formally asked to interview Quinn, either, but that's only because they are not allowed to until Seattle's season is over (if they make it to the Super Bowl, that would be Feb. 2). Quinn reportedly wants the Falcons job, but they may not be willing to wait for him. Denver is expected to be patient in their search, so Quinn is certainly still an option.
  • Teryl Austin: He is the first candidate that Denver has actually requested an interview with, and he'll be in Denver on Friday (assuming he doesn't sign with Atlanta or elsewhere before then) to talk with the team. Austin has been flying under the radar as a Broncos candidate, but he shouldn't be. He has been to three Super Bowls and is a legitimate option. Remember his name.
  • Adam Gase: Things have gotten interesting on the Gase front. After it appeared that Gase was the front-runner to land in San Francisco, the 49ers shocked everyone (except this guy) and promoted Jim Tomsula as their next head coach. What does that mean for Gase? Nobody knows, but it could mean he's staying in Denver. Either as an offensive coordinator or head coach, consider Gase a Broncos candidate until we learn more. Update: The Rams, Jaguars, Raiders, and Falcons have shown interest in case as an offensive coordinator. Update II: Gase will be the first to interview for Denver's head coach position. Of course.
  • Rick Dennison: I'm starting to wonder if Dennison is really a candidate or if Mike Klis was merely speculating when he presented him as one. As of Wednesday evening, there's been no word on Denver asking for an interview with him. Update: Dennison seems more likely to be an offensive coordinator candidate for Denver, especially if Kubiak lands with the Broncos.

Meanwhile, the Bears' job is Fox's if he wants it, according to CSN Chicago's John Mullin. Del Rio is about to start building his staff in Oakland, and Kyle Shanahan could be a target, per ESPN's Bill Williamson. Update: Jason Cole says Fox is getting the job.

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