The Denver Broncos have requested permission to interview New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams for their head coaching vacancy, Saints head coach Sean Payton confirmed on Monday.
Payton adds that, thus far, the Broncos are the only team to do so.
Losing Williams would be a big blow to the Saints and Payton, who gave up some of his own salary to hire Williams before the team’s Super Bowl-winning season.
Williams was the head coach for the Buffalo Bills from 2001-03, compiling a 17-31 record before he was replaced by Mike Mularkey, who is currently the Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator and is also on the Broncos’ radar screen.
Williams will interview with the Broncos on Friday, Denver’s Executive Vice-President of Football Operations John Elway announced. Elway added that the team will meet offensive coordinators Rick Dennison (Houston) and Dirk Koetter (Jacksonville) on Tuesday, and recently fired Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox on Wednesday.
Fox’s interview was delayed due to weather conditions on the east coast.