Of the five, John Fox, Perry Fewell and in-house candidate Eric Studesville have NFL head coaching experience. The others,, Rick Dennison of Houston and Dirk Koetter of Jacksonville are both coordinators.
The rumor is that the Broncos are looking to pay entry-level wages, which means Fox would be taking a cut in pay. That doesn't mean he won't, but it appears they may shy away from hiring him.
As per Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post....
The former Carolina Panthers coach will also be the most expensive candidate, having just made $6 million in his last season with the Panthers.This means Fewell is still very much in the running for the job. The team won't look elsewhere, as they have been turned down by many other viable candidates who will wait for more lucrative opportunities.
Broncos president Joe Ellis, who coordinates the budgets on all things Broncos for team owner Pat Bowlen, has said money won't the guiding principle in hiring a new head coach, that the Broncos will try to get the best man for the job, no matter the cost.
Still, the buzz around the NFL is that the Broncos, with $3.5 million committed to Mike Shanahan this year and with a multimillion-dollar settlement having been paid to Josh McDaniels, aren't looking to be in the high-rent district to pay their next head coach.
The only negative Fewell has in his corner is that he is a defensive coach, and as we all know Denver is now the world of Tim Tebow. There have been rumors that the team may try to trade Tebow, with the impending labor situation just weeks away, that may prove to be difficult.