Signs are pointing to Vance Joseph being done in Denver

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Broncos G.M. John Elway has said he’ll make any additional decisions about the coaching staff after the season. While that still may be true, there’s a growing sense within the organization that the decision will be that coach Vance Joseph will be gone after only one year on the job.

Joseph became the head coach a year ago, following a surprise retirement by Gary Kubiak. Joseph, who had been a finalist when Kubiak replaced John Fox after the 2014 season, was believed to be the predetermined favorite for the job after it opened in early 2017.

The firing of a coach after only one year is hardly unprecedented. The 49ers did it in 2016 and 2015, dumping both Chip Kelly and Jim Tomsula. Other one-and-dones over the past decade or so include Browns coach Rob Chudzinski (2013), Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey (2012), Raiders coach Hue Jackson (2011), Seahawks coach Jim Mora (2009), Dolphins coach Cam Cameron (2007), and Raiders coach Art Shell (2006).

If Elway decides to move on, Joseph would be entitled to the remainder of any guaranteed money under his contract, presumably subject to an offset.

Elway clearly is bothered not just by the losses but by the magnitude of them. Eight of the team’s 10 losses came in double digits. Four times, the Broncos lost by 20 or more points.

And while the failure of Jospeh is in large part a failure of Elway, if he thinks he made a mistake he has two choices: Fix it or compound it. Elway’s ultra-competitive personality makes him far more likely to do the former.

25 responses to “Signs are pointing to Vance Joseph being done in Denver

  1. Don’t really know if Joseph is just a great coordinator or a bad HC after one year, but its no ones fault but Elway’s that the QB position is a total mess, and that moving Ward as a $ move right before the season started has been a total disaster.

  2. It’s not Vance’s fault that Wade left town and the QB situation is a complete mess, that’s on Elway.

    Vance should get another season with something that resembles an actual NFL QB before he gets fired.

  3. Hahahahahahaha… Johnny E. , fire yourself first? hahahahahahah Elway on the hot seat? hahahahahahaha Some angry non fans talking here. John’s got more power now than you could ever imagine and yes he does make mistakes, but his mistakes are related to personal decisions that didn’t pan out… easy fix, fire and replace…. you people are so funny lol hahahaha

  4. Don’t really know if Joseph is just a great coordinator or a bad HC after one year, but its no ones fault but Elway’s that the QB position is a total mess, and that moving Ward as a $ move right before the season started has been a total disaster.

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    He actually wasn’t even a great coordinator. Miami sunk tons of money into talent on defense and they woefully underperformed, then somehow he got the Denver job, while Denver let Wade Phillips walk. The hire was a bad one from Day 1. Elway messed up, no need to compound the mistake by being stubborn because it was ‘his guy’, cut him loose and move on.

  5. Sean McVay is showing everybody what can happen when you hire a great football coach. Jim Harbaugh showed us the same thing a few years back. Most coaches are only as good as their talent, but if these guys are going to be paid millions, why not try to find a great coach.

  6. Jim Valdoza…we weren’t referring to “power” hahahahaha, we were talking WHO should be FIRED hahahahaha, so sorry jimmy you got a grabby team, thank you jimmy e. NE Pats fan…we have a good team, good owner, good gm, good coaches and the GOAT!

  7. The good news for the Broncos is that Chuck Pagano, Jim Caldwell, John Fox, along with Jeff Fisher will be available for interviews.

  8. The good news for the Broncos is that Chuck Pagano, Jim Caldwell, John Fox, along with Jeff Fisher will be available for interviews.

    Oops. John Fox. Been there .Done that.

  9. Hopefully VJ does well in his next stint as head coach. Clearly this one with the Broncos has been a disaster that needs to end now. A lot of people focus on personnel shortcomings –
    notably at QB – but part of the problem was with some of the assistant coaches he brought in as well.

  10. Broncos are terrible. A ship without a rudder on, and off the field. They were handing out tickets to today’s game for a nice set of disposable hand warmers. The McDaniels era here in Denver was, at least, more competitive. A proud franchise is in peril. Bad decisions by management drafting and worse decisions picking coaches/letting proven coaches leave. Glad the 16 games on 2017 docket are over!

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