New Denver coach John Fox brought his third -- and most high-profile -- Carolina assistant with him by hiring special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers.
He was the special teams coach in Carolina the past two years. He was San Francisco’s special teams coach for five years. His brother Jay, is the defensive quality control coach in Denver.
Fox also kept Adam Gase on staff. He’ll be directly in charge of young quarterback Tim Tebow as quarterbacks coach. Gase was Denver’s receiver coach under Josh McDaniels. He is the seventh holdover from McDaniels’ staff that Fox is keeping, which is an unusually high number. Most of the holdovers are offensive coaches including offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.
Fox still needs to hire several defensive coaches, including a defensive coordinator. It is expected most of those hires will come from outside the organization. Denver was last in the NFL in total defense and points allowed.
In other AFC West notes: Cleveland running Peyton Hillis talks about his wasted days in Denver. Hillis was a starter in 2008 as a seventh-round pick rookie under Mike Shanahan. He was rarely used by McDaniels in 2009 and traded in a package for No. 3 quarterback Brady Quinn last March. Hillis went on to star for Cleveland. It was one of McDaniels’ biggest mistakes in 22 mistake-filled months in Denver.
Former Oakland coach Tom Cable expressed his love for his former players in a radio interview. Cable is now the offensive line/assistant head coach in Seattle. With many free agents in Oakland, I’m sure Cable wouldn’t mind returning to football with some of them.
The Denver Post thinks it's a good idea that new Denver football leader John Elway will be at next week’s Senior Bowl.
Tennessee is not renewing the contract of defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil, which adds another candidate to the defensive-coordinator pool. Both Denver and Oakland needs a defensive coordinator.
The Chiefs promoted COO Mark Donovan to club president. He will run all of the team’s business ventures. It shouldn’t have an effect on football operations.
UPDATE: It is being reported that Denver will talk to New Orleans defensive backs coach Dennis Allen for its defensive coordinator job. Fox is in Charlotte, so there is no certain timetable for Allen’s interview. Perhaps it will be at the Senior Bowl early next week.