A winter storm began rolling across the South on Sunday, coating bridges and roads with snow, sleet and freezing rain and forcing the cancellation of more than 2,000 flights in the region.
Fox spent the last nine seasons as coach of the Carolina Panthers, who didn't renew his contract following an NFL-worst 2-14 season.
Even though Fox coached the one team with a worse record than Denver (4-12), he is the biggest name so far on its list of coaching candidates.
McDaniels won his first six games, then went 5-17 after a series of roster blunders and was fired a couple of weeks after the Broncos' videotaping scandal became public this season.
Broncos president Joe Ellis said he erred in bestowing so much power so soon on McDaniels following Shanahan's ouster. The team has made significant front-office changes since McDaniels was fired.
Hall of Famer John Elway is back as executive vice president of football operations, and he immediately empowered GM Brian Xanders, who is charge of the draft and free agency. So, the new coach will focus more on preparing the team than on building the roster.
Elway is leading the coaching search, with Xanders and Ellis sitting in on the interviews. Broncos owner Pat Bowlen also will have a say.
Bowlen still owes Shanahan $3.5 million next season and also is on the hook to McDaniels, who was due $3.2 million in 2011 before a recent, undisclosed settlement.
The Broncos own the second overall pick in the draft, and Xanders said fixing the NFL's worst-ranked defense is the top priority.
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press