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Broncos make it official, hire Vance Joseph as head coach

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Two down, four to go.

The Broncos made official what had long been anticipated, with executive John Elway tweeting out word that the team had reached a deal with Vance Joseph to be their next head coach.

The deal was expected as soon as Joseph hung around overnight and returned to Broncos facilities this morning.

The 44-year-old Joseph spent last year as defensive coordinator in Miami, and it’s not as if the Dolphins defense was dominant. But he’s worked with a number of respected defensive coaches along the way, and was clearly someone Elway zeroed in on quickly.

That leaves four jobs open, with vacancies in Los Angeles, Buffalo, San Francisco and San Diego still on the board.

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  1. nhpats says: Jan 11, 2017 3:01 PM

    And they will battle SD for 3rd place in the division.

  2. riffrafflaff says: Jan 11, 2017 3:03 PM

    Screw up, move up.

  3. IMHIM says: Jan 11, 2017 3:03 PM

    Good lord John! I sure hope we’re all wrong! Way to shake things up on a dominant defense that had chemistry with Wade. What the hell are you thinking?

  4. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 11, 2017 3:04 PM

    “That leaves four jobs open, with vacancies in Los Angeles, Buffalo, San Francisco and San Diego still on the board.”

    And in all 4 of those cases the one and only appealing thing to potential coaches will be 2-3 years guaranteed of 5 million+ a year.

    Anyone who takes those gigs knows they have a half life of about 15-18 games because with the awful ownership all 4 of those franchises have, chances of success are very low.

    This is the opportunity to make life changing amounts of money, not to make those teams successful since it will be almost impossible to do so with the lousy ownership.

  5. dal1as says: Jan 11, 2017 3:05 PM

    one word: Mistake

  6. cmj0121 says: Jan 11, 2017 3:07 PM

    Broncos make it official, FIRE Vance Joseph as head coach

    Last Updated 2:57 PM, January 11, ***2018*** EST

  7. gonakgod says: Jan 11, 2017 3:09 PM

    dedication to mediocrity.

    hope you enjoyed your time at the top boys, that house of cards is coming craaaaashing down.

  8. yourunclerico says: Jan 11, 2017 3:10 PM

    nhpats says:
    Jan 11, 2017 3:01 PM
    And they will battle SD for 3rd place in the division.
    =========
    SD will hire Patricia – there will not be a battle for 3rd, donkeys are headed straight to 4th where they belong.

  9. stoptrippn says: Jan 11, 2017 3:12 PM

    Good hire. He’s a good coach and better person

  10. dickshotdogs says: Jan 11, 2017 3:13 PM

    I’ll say it again. He sucks.

  11. kobemanning says: Jan 11, 2017 3:13 PM

    Coming from a lifelong Broncos fan, aside from Peyton Manning’s signing, what has Elway done to improve the team on the offensive side of the ball since he’s been here ? I know our D is great, but Peyton attracted the free agents (Emmanuel Sanders, Talib, Ward, Stewart). Who is the last good player Elway has drafted for us on O? Lynch and Booker were bad picks last year, Montee Ball over Eddie Lacy was a huge miss, Cody Latimer sucks, the offensive line has been a joke for years, he lucked out of resigning Brock Osweiler only because the Texans are idiots, and now this hire? This is a horrible hire if Wade Phillips ends up leaving especially. I’m disappointed.

  12. getitrightflorio says: Jan 11, 2017 3:14 PM

    Great hire

  13. mongo3401 says: Jan 11, 2017 3:14 PM

    Miami fans are throwing parties this happened

  14. jdbaker01 says: Jan 11, 2017 3:15 PM

    And the Dolphins just improved their defense…

  15. finsphan says: Jan 11, 2017 3:16 PM

    Great hire for the Broncos, Vance is a great leader and coach. The stats may not show it but he turned the Dolphins defense around with sub-par talent. He didn’t have most of his best players on defense nearly the whole season and was using 2nd and 3rd string guys yet they still forced turnovers and was one of the best teams on 3rd down defense. He’s got a ton of talent on defense in Denver and he’ll get the best out of them. The only question I have is what will they play, Vance has been a 4-3 defensive guy but they have the personnel best fit for a 3-4 defense.

  16. igotgamenj says: Jan 11, 2017 3:17 PM

    As a Miami Fan I hope they interview Wade Phillips if he is available he did work with Gase in Denver …

  17. upnorthvikesfan says: Jan 11, 2017 3:19 PM

    This is actually a very good hire. Or at least it will be if they get the right guy in there to run the offense. If they bring in McCoy that would be good.

  18. puhleezho says: Jan 11, 2017 3:19 PM

    People said “mistake”, “trash”, “boring”, “Elway’s buddy”, when the Broncos hired Kubiak.
    Result: Super Bowl 50 champs!
    No one on these message boards has any idea what they are talking about. SMH

  19. piratefreedom says: Jan 11, 2017 3:20 PM

    if Wade Phillips is available then some lucky team will get a DC that has gotten great results everywhere he has gone (or maybe a HC that has gotten mixed result)

  20. Flash1287 says: Jan 11, 2017 3:21 PM

    8-8

  21. therick5000 says: Jan 11, 2017 3:22 PM

    Last six years, five division titles, two AFC crowns,one Super Bowl championship. And what has your team accomplished?

    Sleep well charger nation

  22. 12coltsfan12 says: Jan 11, 2017 3:26 PM

    wow….horse face has lost his mind!

  23. iammrbinky says: Jan 11, 2017 3:28 PM

    Wade Phillips is staying in Denver. Mike McCoy will most likely be the OC. Joseph is a tremendous communicator and motivator. Not a Broncos fan and am telling you they’ll be fine.

  24. xavier179 says: Jan 11, 2017 3:28 PM

    Move over San Diego, we have competition for the cellar.

  25. gbatap says: Jan 11, 2017 3:28 PM

    That cheer you hear is all the afcw fans outside of Denver. Way to chase wade Phillips, the only reason you won your Sb, out of town.

  26. 6ball says: Jan 11, 2017 3:34 PM

    .
    As the Broncos decline from salary cap woes and non productive drafts, Elway is going to need a fall guy. Enter Vance Joseph.
    .

  27. bkrog says: Jan 11, 2017 3:35 PM

    Great hire for the Broncos, Vance is a great leader and coach. The stats may not show it but he turned the Dolphins defense around with sub-par talent.
    _________________________________________

    That’s just an insane comment. Vance destroyed Miami’s defense. It was obvious he didn’t know how to handle the DC role.

    I’m happy he is out of Miami!

  28. alleycat702 says: Jan 11, 2017 3:38 PM

    Raiders should go after Wade Phillips for D.C., get rid of KNJ. Wade would be an instant upgrade to this defense.

  29. skinnylegspeytonmanning says: Jan 11, 2017 3:39 PM

    Man, there are so many Fan Boy GMs on this board! I wish Denver had hired one of you guys. You are so smart!

  30. ksiner says: Jan 11, 2017 3:41 PM

    Good luck Denver, our defense sucked this year, you can have him

  31. scrimshawturtle says: Jan 11, 2017 3:46 PM

    Now who will the Chargers interview in order to satisfy the “Rooney Rule?”

  32. skinnylegspeytonmanning says: Jan 11, 2017 3:50 PM

    Raiders should go after Wade Phillips for D.C., get rid of KNJ. Wade would be an instant upgrade to this defense.
    _____________________________________
    Del Rio will never hire Wade. Phillips showed him up, bad, when he took Del Rio’s 11 starters and overnight, turned them into a legendary, SB winning defense. Del Rio who claims to be a defensive expert, has never forgotten the experience. BTW, how is the Raiders defense these days? Ha! It figures.

  33. SouthStander says: Jan 11, 2017 3:52 PM

    His #29 ranked defense during his ONE year as DC qualifies him to get the best head coaching job available – NOT.

  34. greglloydrules says: Jan 11, 2017 3:57 PM

    You hired a defensive coach who’s rush defense was one the worst in football while already having one of the greatest defensive minds in Wade Phillips but your offense takes 3 downs just to move 5 yards. Makes sense I guess

  35. mksnpcola says: Jan 11, 2017 4:05 PM

    Dolphin fan here. I like VJ. Seems like a good man. Hope it works out for them. Now just excited to see who we bring in. Anyone not named Ryan would be fine with me.

  36. ruebles says: Jan 11, 2017 4:06 PM

    Coach Phillips would do amazing things in Miami. We get all our team back (including enigma Dion Jordan) from injury. There is a ton to work with, not including any draft picks and free agents that want to come play for Coach Gase. Very good change. Needed to happen.

  37. realfootballfan says: Jan 11, 2017 4:07 PM

    Most of the same people here questioning Elway were the same people saying it was a huge mistake letting Osweiler walk. He was right about that, and he’s probably right about this guy too.

  38. txfinfan says: Jan 11, 2017 4:07 PM

    “Wade, Adam Gase on line one…”

  39. swadehoo says: Jan 11, 2017 4:08 PM

    Can they please hire Mike McCoy as well? McCoy and Vance: the Dukes of Mile High.

  40. mmack66 says: Jan 11, 2017 4:10 PM

    puhleezho says:
    Jan 11, 2017 3:19 PM

    People said “mistake”, “trash”, “boring”, “Elway’s buddy”, when the Broncos hired Kubiak.
    Result: Super Bowl 50 champs!
    No one on these message boards has any idea what they are talking about. SMH
    —————————

    Kubiak had about as much to do with winning Super Bowl L as Manning did. Very little.

  41. bsizemore68 says: Jan 11, 2017 4:16 PM

    For the people who say Miami defense suck are correct, and that he should not be HC qualified are not the best people to make that judgment. The people who know what it takes to be a good HC all say he will be very successful as the new coach in Denver. And where are the same experts who wrote that he would not get the job? Bill

  42. tangotwo22 says: Jan 11, 2017 4:22 PM

    That’s what happens when you think you’re smarter than the other guys. You make decisions that make no sense.

  43. kenmasters34 says: Jan 11, 2017 4:35 PM

    @realfootballfan says:
    “Most of the same people here questioning Elway were the same people saying it was a huge mistake letting Osweiler walk.”

    Osweiler is still in the playoffs, whereas the Broncos are at home. Osweiler was groomed to be a part of the Broncos offense. IMO, if they had kept him, he would be better… and the Broncos would still be playing.

  44. milehighcityboss says: Jan 11, 2017 4:36 PM

    I trust Elway.. All of you have second guessed his other choices for coaches over the years. How has that worked out?

  45. uglydingo says: Jan 11, 2017 4:41 PM

    Calm, intelligent, honest and low key. He will gain respect from the players because he is no B/S. He is the total and complete opposite of Rex Ryan in that he is so low key and calm. Very high character guy who was just deficient of Defensive talent in Miami.
    Very interesting appointment but quite high risk because he is still a work in progress re experience.

  46. jcampol says: Jan 11, 2017 4:51 PM

    Von Miller will have his worst statistical year as a pro next year and demand a trade in the off season.

  47. Dreaded Parakeet says: Jan 11, 2017 5:01 PM

    Oh Denver, why.

  48. milehighcityboss says: Jan 11, 2017 5:02 PM

    These comments are all hilarious… When John Elway hired John Fox after Fox went 2-14 in Carolina, you were all here complaining about how much of an idiot Elway was for the hire. Then Fox took us to the Super Bowl. When Fox was fired, you were all here complaining about how terrible the Kubiak and Wade Phillips hire was because both coaches were never winners and failed in Houston. Then the Broncos won a Super Bowl. Fast forward to 2017… you are all here complaining about Elways hiring of Vance Joseph. Give him a shot, Elway knows something we don’t……

  49. goldrush36 says: Jan 11, 2017 5:10 PM

    Earlier I said this couldn’t be real…… LOL well thank you John for saving little Silver Spoon Jed from himself.

  50. ihavepriors says: Jan 11, 2017 5:12 PM

    Is there one fan boy on this bd that has experience as a GM? Elway has been at it 6 years. In that time, 5 AFC West Crowns, 2 SB appearances, 1 Lombardi, third best record in the NFL, and cleaned up the Tebow, Josh McDaniels mess. I really doubt that any of you know more about football than he does. You may go now. Try to find some self-intelligence.

  51. bleck5 says: Jan 11, 2017 5:17 PM

    looks like the Donks will be in the cellar of the AFC West next year.

  52. polegojim says: Jan 11, 2017 5:23 PM

    Oh my word… SMH over and over and over

    Kubiak decimates the offense.

    Joseph kills the defense. Maybe he can get the Bronco’s to 3rd worst in the league with Miller, just like the Dolphins with Suh.

    @milehighcityboss… SERIOUSLY? see last season, that’s how it worked out. From Super Bowl to bust because of Kubiak.

  53. realfootballfan says: Jan 11, 2017 5:31 PM

    kenmasters34 ,
    If you feel comfortable saying that. He was facing a guy who had never played a dwon in the NFL ever on the other side last week with the worst defense in the league backing him up, and I’m fairly sure the game was still in doubt going into the 4th quarter. But whatever helps you sleep at night if you think he would have made a difference in Denver this year. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure Simian outplayed him this year or at least at minimum had way less turnovers.

  54. a1b24312 says: Jan 11, 2017 5:50 PM

    Jeez, I do wonder about this move.

  55. fordbw says: Jan 11, 2017 6:12 PM

    I was initially opposed to this hire but am okay with it now. Heard that Joseph might keep Wade Phillips as DC and the Broncos are trying to land Mike McCoy for OC. Phillips job is going to be to heal the rift between offense and defense. That’s why Elway went after a defense guy.

  56. One for the thumb says: Jan 11, 2017 6:31 PM

    What is he going to do between now and mid February that will make him a better coach than K-Shan?

    Maybe I’m just a dumb Pats fan who doesn’t follow the Broncos too closely (although I do watch thats good broncos as every football fan should) but this seems like the wrong move.

  57. fredegrar says: Jan 11, 2017 6:57 PM

    I’m going to reserve judgement until all the shoes drop. Once OC and DC are settled, I’ll have enough info to either hope or despair.

  58. abcisezas123 says: Jan 11, 2017 7:07 PM

    The Shanahan-Elway baggage has legs, it seems.

  59. black59razorblog says: Jan 11, 2017 7:16 PM

    Let’s see….if we’re keeping score, Joseph has NO head coaching experience. One year as a DC, where his defense was ranked 29th in Miami. Spent 10 years with three different teams as a DB coach. Has a handful of playoff games as experience. He’s definitely no x’s and O’s mastermind. He really has no qualifications for this job what-so-ever other than he is FO exec Matt Russell’s buddy and teammate from his CU days. As a long time Bronco fan who has seen it all, this hire is one of the worst I’ve seen. He really has nothing to speak of as any kind of achievement…oh, I guess the players like him…and he can be Elway’s robot. Hired to be fired. I give him two seasons, maybe…

  60. polegojim says: Jan 11, 2017 7:43 PM

    If he keeps Wade… and doesn’t MESS with his D… then brings in a REAL OC… maybe my mind changes.

    If not… NOPE…

  61. oldcracker says: Jan 11, 2017 7:57 PM

    Hey, it could’ve been Rex!

  62. phillyfinsfan says: Jan 11, 2017 8:17 PM

    Most of you never heard this guy talk. You just post a smart arse comment because that’s the kind of person you are. This guy is very articulate and is a player’s coach. He has a great feel for the game. I can’t tell you how many times he called a play where one of the linemen drops in coverage and the QB gets confused and the result is a turnover, hurry or sack. The Dolphins defense was thin on talent to begin with and towards the end injuries began to mount, yet the team found ways to get timely turnovers to win games due to his defensive play calling. John Elway knows what he’s doing His decision not to resign Osweiler is a perfect example.

  63. phillyfinsfan says: Jan 11, 2017 8:17 PM

    Most of you never heard this guy talk. You just post a smart arse comment because that’s the kind of person you are. This guy is very articulate and is a player’s coach. He has a great feel for the game. I can’t tell you how many times he called a play where one of the linemen drops in coverage and the QB gets confused and the result is a turnover, hurry or sack. The Dolphins defense was thin on talent to begin with and towards the end injuries began to mount, yet the team found ways to get timely turnovers to win games due to his defensive play calling. John Elway knows what he’s doing His decision not to resign Osweiler is a perfect example.

  64. phinfan says: Jan 11, 2017 10:00 PM

    Honestly speaking; Vance took a team of misfit shlubs and made them just good enough to keep pace with the offense.

    If he can get 5-7 no name off the street shmucks to do ‘just enough’ to help win games imagine one of the best D’s in the league?!

    All the stats say ’27th worse’ but really what this guy has done….

  65. silvernblacksabbath says: Jan 12, 2017 10:19 AM

    Reggie McKenzie needs to say bye to Ken Norton and hire Wade ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  66. fishyinalittledishy says: Jan 12, 2017 2:17 PM

    I liked Joesph, a lot of people talk well of him. Talk’s very well and does have something about him. Don’t know why It didn’t go well with us, might have something to do with it being a new defence coupled with injuries resulting in a revolving door of players who knows. Makes a change for us that other teams wants one of our coaches rather than firing them.

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