Almost immediately, the Broncos requested to interview Atlanta Falcons Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan during the Falcons' bye week. Shanahan and the Falcons granted an interview, which will take place this weekend, among other sit-downs with teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars, San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams.
However, out of those four vacancies, it appears that the 37-year-old Shanahan is favoring the Broncos, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.
"The word around the league right now," Garafolo said, "the word with people involved in coaching searches and gathering all of this information is that that's the job Shanahan has his eyes on -- going to Denver where his father coached."
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If indeed the interest is mutual on both sides, there doesn't appear much in the way of this becoming a reality. Previously, the only perceived obstacle was the Shanahan family's alleged distaste for the Broncos front office after parting ways with Mike Shanahan after the 2008 season. If not for that, it would be hard to object to Kyle taking his father's old job.
Shanahan is perhaps the most coveted head-coaching candidate in the NFL after guiding the Falcons offense to a historic season and turning quarterback Matt Ryan into, perhaps, the front runner for MVP. Not to mention, his offensive philosophy is very similar to that of Kubiak, making it a much easier transition for both personnel and coaching staff.
Of course, there's no guarantee that the Broncos have their eyes on Shanahan more than any other candidate, such as Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator, who they are reportedly very high on and was their second choice for head coach before hiring Kubiak in 2015.
There's no pain like unrequited love, but the mutual spark between young Shanahan and the Broncos seems very much palpable.
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Will Keys is an Editor for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @WillKeys6.