Kitchens was one of several candidates to interview for the job, including the Minnesota Vikings' interim OC Kevin Stefanski, Saints assistant head coach/tight ends coach Dan Campbell and former Detroit Lions boss Jim Caldwell.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hadn't announced the hiring.
The Broncos fired former coach Vance Joseph on December 31 after he posted 5-11 and 6-10 records in his two seasons at the helm. The defense ranked third in yards allowed this season, first in rushing yards allowed, and first in points allowed.
The Broncos have reached an agreement with Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to become the team's next head coach, ESPN reported , citing unidentified sources.
A career defensive assistant of 32 National Football League seasons, Fangio was lauded and respected by his players, who were thrilled to see him get the chance for a head coaching interview. They ended the year 5-3 and scored below 20 points just twice - it happened four times in the first eight games under Haley. Joseph didn't have much to work with at quarterback, shuffling through Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler, Paxton Lynch and Case Keenum, none of whom are going to carry a team to a Super Bowl.
This is a team that was built on defense last season.
While he was a great coordinator it will be interesting to see who was more responsible for the uptick this season, Mack and Roquan Smith or the evolution of Fangio's defense. I want the guys that understand the game, they understand Xs and Os but also have the ability to lead men. In each of the final three years of his 49ers tenure, Fangio's defenses finished in the top-three for scoring.
But upon further review, taking into account the potential importance of meshing with Gary Kubiak, who could make his way back to the sidelines this season, Stokley said his money is on Fangio getting the job.
"The Bears have been doing it right". "I feel like the Bears definitely got a defense that can go all the way".