New Denver Broncos head coach Sean Payton is eyeing to pluck some assistant coaches from his old team in New Orleans, including Ronald Curry as his potential offensive coordinator, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported Tuesday.
The report comes on the same day the Saints are interviewing Sean Desai virtually for the defensive coordinator role.
Curry worked under Payton in New Orleans, beginning in 2016 as an offensive assistant before moving to wide receivers coach and then quarterbacks in 2021. Curry also interviewed with Tampa Bay for the Bucs’ vacant OC post.
The Broncos have already tabbed the Saints’ Zach Strief to be their offensive line coach. Further, the Times-Picayune reported Payton has offered Saints offensive assistant Kevin Petry a role and CBS Sports reports Declan Doyle is a candidate to be tight ends coach in Denver.
Desai, 39, is the Seattle Seahawks associate head coach and defensive assistant.
Desai joined the Seahawks last year after working one season as the defensive coordinator with the Chicago Bears. He also served as the Bears’ defensive quality control coach (2013-18) and safeties coach (2019-20).
9News reports Desai is now the favorite for Denver’s DC now that Brian Flores went to Minnesota and Vic Fangio is committed to Miami. The Broncos let Ejiro Evero out of his contract and he signed with Carolina.
9News also reported that outside linebackers coach Bert Watts is not expected to be retained by Payton.