Broncos grant assistant OL coach permission to interview with 49ers](http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/17/broncos-grant-john-benton-interview-49ers/) (Nicki Jhabvala, Denver Post)*
Denver granted John Benton permission to interview for the 49ers' top offensive line coaching job, an NFL source confirmed. The move is a courtesy, especially considering Broncos coach Vance Joseph was denied a similar opportunity by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2015, when Denver targeted him as its new defensive coordinator. *
Strong AFC West leaves Joseph's Broncos with most difficult NFL schedule (Mike Klis, KUSA)*
It won't be easy because of the Broncos' difficult AFC West Division. How difficult is it? The four toughest 2017 NFL schedules, as calibrated by opponents' 2016 records, belong to all four members of the AFC West. *
Picking one free agent every team should sign this offseason (Pro Football Focus staff, ESPN)Complacency is not an option for the Broncos at quarterback this offseason. Sure, Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch could take the next step toward being a competent quarterback, but betting an entire season with a Super Bowl roster on that chance doesn't seem advisable.
Elway's advice to new 49ers GM John Lynch (Albert Breer, The MMQB)
Lynch settled in Denver after his playing career and grew close to John Elway. So when Elway took the Broncos' job in 2011, he'd get after Lynch about leaving broadcasting to work for a team. To that end, in 2012, Elway had him write reports on safeties in the draft. In 2013, Lynch sat in Denver's draft meetings for a month.
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