Jason La Canfora reports that Zac Taylor, who is poised to be the next head coach of the Bengals, would like to land an accomplished defensive coordinator with prior experience as a head coach to be part of his staff. According to La Canfora, Jack Del Rio and John Fox are both “very high” on Taylor’s list.
Beyond that, sources have told La Canfora that Raiders QBs coach Brian Callahan would be his top choice to serve as the team’s offensive coordinator.
La Canfora says that it remains to be seen whether Del Rio is interested in returning to coordinating duties, given that he’s still being paid by the Raiders.
Del Rio, 55, began his head coaching career with the Jaguars from 2003-2011 and led them to a regular season record of 68-71 (48.9 percent) and franchise to two playoff appearances.
After his time in Jacksonville, the Broncos signed him to become their defensive coordinator from 2012-2014 and helped create one of the strongest defenses in the NFL during that time.
The Raiders brought him in as their head coach in 2015 only to fire him a few weeks and hiring Jon Gruden.
During his three years as the Raiders head coach, Del Rio led them to a record of 25-23 (52.1 percent) and one playoff appearance.
Fox, 63, began his NFL coaching career with the Steelers back in 1989 as their defensive backs coach back. He worked a number of teams including the Chargers, Raiders, Rams and Giants before the Panthers hired him as their head coach in 2002.
After nine years in Carolina, Fox was hired by the Broncos as their coach for the 2011 season. Denver elected to part ways with Fox after four seasons and he joined the Bears a year later where he remained for the past three seasons.
For his career, Fox is 133-123 (52 percent), which includes seven playoff appearances and two trips to the Super Bowl.