Broncos to Interview Lions DC Teryl Austin on Friday


The Denver Broncos are off and running in their search for a new head coach after mutually agreeing to part ways with John Fox on Monday after the team’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts. With defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio signing as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders and John Fox with an interview and offer on the table from the Chicago Bears, it seems like the ex-coaches in Denver sure are getting a quick move on with their coaching careers.

The Broncos reportedly will have their first interview on Friday, and that will be with Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, per reports.

Austin obviously has a business trip to Atlanta coming up, but there’s no doubt the Broncos job has to be alluring to any potential candidate, even a guy like Teryl Austin who is pretty deep in the process with the Atlanta Falcons right now.

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Since starting with Penn State in 1991-92 as a Graduate Assistant and moved his way up the ranks, eventually landing his first job in the NFL as the Seattle Seahawks as a defensive backs coach. In 2007, he took over in the same position with the Arizona Cardinals before he was the defensive coordinator at Florida with the Gators.

After his time with Florida, Austin worked as the secondary coach with the Baltimore Ravens, who won the Super Bowl in 2012-13. He was hired this past season as the defensive coordinator of the Lions and they had a phenomenal season.

The Broncos would probably like to add a guy like Austin because he’s a new, up-and-comer at the head coaching spot who led the Lions to the No. 2 overall defensive ranking last season in his first year as coordinator.

Why You Should Like Austin

He is a fiery guy who has been to multiple Super Bowls, and recently won one. That’s the short of it. This is a guy who has coached players who have won a title, and he coached the defensive backs of the team that knocked the Broncos out of the playoffs in 2012 thanks large in part to two Peyton Manning interceptions.

This is a coach who is a relative unknown at this point, one that would grow in his first role in that capacity with a Broncos team that hopes to win it all in 2015, obviously.