Latest double-digit loss could mean one-and-done for Vance Joseph

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Entering Week 16, several coaches would have their fate influenced in large part by whether and to what extent they succeed, or fail, in the final two games of the season. One of those men is first-year Broncos head coach Vance Joseph.

Eight straight losses had created a sense that Joseph would join a not-so-short list of coaches whose tenures last only 16 games. Two straight wins had created an opening for Joseph a potentially earn a second year by finishing with four victories in a row.

Then came Sunday’s 27-11 loss to Washington, the eighth double-digit loss of the season for the Broncos. G.M. John Elway has noticed the lack of competitiveness in too many of the games, and he surely noticed it again on Sunday.

If he didn’t, quarterback Brock Osweiler underscored it, via post-game venting that dovetailed with his yelling-at-no-one-in-particular during the game.

“This is the ultimate team sport,” Osweiler told reporters after Sunday’s game. “That’s the beauty of football. It takes all 11 guys to be doing their job on one specific play. It takes a playcaller to put you in position to be successful in that given play, and if all 12 of those people — the [offensive] coordinator and the 11 guys on the field — aren’t gelling, then it’s going to be a tough day at the office. . . .

“Now, playing in enough games and watching enough games this season, it boils down to what I just said. In order to have success as an offense in this league, you need to have a playcaller putting the players in positions to have success and then the 11 guys on the field need to make the playcaller right and all 11 guys need to do their job. Unfortunately, all 11 guys haven’t done their job this year.”

Obviously, there’s another person beyond the 11 guys on the field and the playcaller. The head coach has a significant role as well, and it’s on the coach to ensure that everyone competes, and is prepared to compete, at the appropriate level.

And here’s the thing that Denver avoided by four points on Sunday, but that they didn’t avoid four times this season: Losing by 20 or more points. Yes, the Broncos have lost four games this year by a blowout margin. The woeful Browns, in contrast, have lost only one game by 20 or more points.

Add it all up, and at a minimum next week’s regular-season finale against the Chiefs requires the Broncos to at least be mildly competitive. Even then, it may not matter; after seeing the crowd or lack thereof at the stadium named for a defunct company on New Year’s Eve, Elway’s New Year’s resolution may be to pull the plug on the coaching staff and try again.

19 responses to “Latest double-digit loss could mean one-and-done for Vance Joseph

  1. Vance Joseph should not take the hit for being dealt a bad hand of three lousy quarterbacks and an aging defense that is still very good, but not great. Not sure if Joseph is good, bad, or something in the middle, but he is not the problem there.

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    Even the most ardent Denver fan would have to admit that it’s near impossible to win with the ill conceived Broncos roster constructed by John Elway. Belichick couldn’t win with that flotsam and jetsam.
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  3. The only thing Elway has done of note was lure an aging Peyton Manning to a young talented team. Pretty much everything other than that one move has been a total failure. Was that enough in the short term? Yes, but is it worth destroying the Broncos for years to come?

  4. Maybe it’s time to pull the plug on Elway. All the guy does is sign free agents. He can’t draft to save his life.

  5. This Bronco fan contends that nobody wants to see people get fired, but if Elway doesn’t pull the carpet on Mr. Joseph, he can expect another year of the same thing.

  6. Joseph and the person who hired him and can’t find a QB to save his life should both be fired.

  7. It’s not just the ugly losses. It’s having too many or not enough men on the field, it’s having to burn time-outs because they can’t get a play in on time, sometimes right after TV time-outs. It’s not recognizing your RT needs to have a chip block by a TE or RB because he is out-matched. It’s going to a shotgun, 4 wide formation when you only need 1 yrd and your line has zero chance of blocking long enough for your QB to go through progressions. This is all coaching. Bye bye

  8. He can’t draft to save his life.
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    One name: Von Miller.

    I would suspect Elway already had his eye on his next coach. I think he is too smart to double down on a mistake. Simply waiting for the end of next week to make his move.

  9. joetoronto says:
    December 25, 2017 at 9:24 am
    Joseph and the person who hired him and can’t find a QB to save his life should both be fired.

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    I wouldn’t brag about drafting QB’s if I were a faider fan. Including the current 25m per year albatross around the teams neck.

  10. I don’t think it makes a difference if Joseph is back or not considering Elway’s recent drafts. By the way, lost in the shuffle of Elway’s bad drafting is the fact that many of the core defensive players drafted came from when Josh McDaniels was running the whole show, and that’s hardly ever mentioned.

  11. So … What is the name of the unnamed coordinator in this story? How do you let this Oswego quote run on and not mention OC? … Geeez! Do Your Job!

    Maybe he and Vance got hot booties …

  12. I don’t think it makes a difference if Joseph is back or not considering Elway’s recent drafts. By the way, lost in the shuffle of Elway’s bad drafting is the fact that many of the core defensive players drafted came from when Josh McDaniels was running the whole show, and that’s hardly ever mentioned.
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    You know nothing about the Denver Broncos. One player remains on the roster from the “McHoody” era. D.Thomas. #88. That’s it. Elway’s drafts, though less than stellar, have provided several late round successes. His early round success is minimal with V. Miller and D. Wolfe as the best of those rounds. Misses on the offensive line, both through the draft and free agency, are hurting this team. QB’s who are, maybe, solid back-up’s for most teams (but are not starters) obviously needs to be addressed. Until then–coach won’t matter–however VJ does look bewildered and unable to manage the game.

  13. He is a position coach masquerading as a HC. As Miami DC he produced the worst defense in franchise history with better players than the previous year. This year they are much better with mostly the same players Joseph had. Somehow he turned that garbage resume into a Rooney rule interview and hiring. Cut bait…He needs to be a position coach until he finds a clue somewhere along the line.

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