Sources: Broncos tab Del Rio interim coach

Updated: November 4, 2013, 10:09 AM ET

Jeff Legwold |

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — With Denver Broncos coach John Fox set to take a leave of absence to recover from surgery to replace a valve in his heart, the team has named defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio as its interim head coach, according to sources.

It was a move many inside the organization expected given Del Rio’s experience. He was the Jacksonville Jaguars’ head coach for nine seasons until he was fired with five games remaining in the 2011 season.

Del Rio was 69-73 in Jacksonville and he led the Jaguars to playoffs twice as a wild card team.

The 50-year-old Del Rio joined Fox’s staff for the 2012 season after Dennis Allen had departed to become the Oakland Raiders‘ coach. Del Rio helped push the Broncos to the No. 4 scoring defense last season, the No. 2 defense in terms of yards allowed per game.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter contributed to this report.

  • Covered Broncos for nine years for Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News
  • Previously covered Steelers, Bills and Titans
  • Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame Board
    of Selectors since 1999

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