Vance Joseph thinks Broncos are “really close”

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We’ve heard several Broncos players share their thoughts about why quarterback Kirk Cousins should sign with their team as a free agent, but tampering rules don’t permit coach Vance Joseph to make the same kind of pitch.

Joseph can talk about what he thinks makes Denver an appealing place to play, however. He did exactly that during an interview with Mike Klis of KUSA this week.

“I won’t talk to Kirk because he is under contract,” Joseph said. “We can’t talk to those guys. But speaking to any free agent that can help our football team, this is a good place to play football. We have a great fan base. I think our football team is really close. Like most football teams after you don’t have a year that you want to have, you have to go back and you have to do a self-evaluation. Every team has issues, every team has holes. Our goal this offseason is to fix our holes. Because, I think we’re really close as a football team.”

Whatever holes the Broncos have identified, they haven’t done much to hide their opinion that the one at quarterback is the one they want to fill the most. Cousins may be their top choice to fill that hole, but they’ll have company in that pursuit and one of Joseph’s first jobs this offseason will likely be convincing him that the Broncos are the right choice to satisfy his needs.

57 responses to “Vance Joseph thinks Broncos are “really close”

  1. Close to what?? To make it to SB you have to beat both the Pats and the Steelers in back to back weeks… Ask Jacksonville how easy that is. Denver needs more than just a QB. There qb didn’t give up all those points on D and from a lot of reports they’re losing Talib as well. This team is heading in the wrong direction. With pro bowl qb they aren’t even guaranteed a division title or wild card spot. I’m an eagles fan so I’m not AFC hating. Just being completely honest. They’re not even a top 5 team in their conference and possibly the bottom half of their own division. Vance needs to just keep quiet and focus on his team.

  2. Close at what? going 4-12 or worse? This team is a mess. An aging defense, offensive line concerns, No QB, aging WR’s, and no TE or RB. They play the AFC north and NFC west next year. I see maybe 2 wins, who are they going to beat in the AFC West? No one.

  3. Just a small margin… all they need is a QB, offensive line, running game, elite receivers, and some upgrades on defense. Just that close.

  4. QB isn’t their biggest problem–the offensive line is. Their line wasn’t exactly a strong point the Super Bowl year but it is WAY worse now. They gave up over 50 sacks last season and they also don’t run block well. It won’t make much difference who the QB is unless that line is significantly improved. Siemian/Osweiler/Lynch were getting hit on 3-step drops last season.

  5. If he goes after the QB who has led his current team to a losing record 2 out of the three years he has led them. And a QB who has come in 3rd in the division the last two years and who’s BEST record is 9-7, when he took up only $660K against the cap when the division was in a down year with romo and Dez out, and since he got paid, he IS a QB who is 1-5 in the division this year, and has a 1-6 record against Dallas career wise. And a QB who has never won a single playoff game- Yeah, that sounds like the guy to risk a brinks truck on. Say good bye to Von Miller who will eventually require a salary reduction as the Broncos spin their wheels blaming everybody but the IMPACT OF COUSINS AND HIS STUPID CONTRACT!!! Just like Washington has done. They paid this guy based on passing stats and HOPE of what he would do. And since then, the results are in. Believe a person when he shows you what he is.

  6. This is what is wrong with tampering rules. One could technically make a case that he is speaking right at Cousins or any player under contract because he is (rightfully) extolling the virtues of his own team. Whether those claims are accurate or not in another story, but a coach or GM should be able to talk about what they have going on, and it is a reasonable expectation that someone under contract would check it out.

    I think tampering rules have become juvenile. We all know that agents and teams are talking throughout the year and to think it is anything but an open secret is ridiculous. Time to change those rules.

  7. I don’t know how often most of these commenters watched Denver, but the o-line – while not great – was not terrible.

    the problem was teams sold out to stop the run, because Denver had absolutely no answer at QB who could beat an NFL team. When you play from behind almost all the time, you have to pass. when you don’t have an NFL level QB on the team, you wont win much.

  8. Elway’s ego convinced him winning the Super Bowl was because of his greatness . So he decided he was so great that he didn’t need a NFL caliber QB or HC . Because of Elway the Broncos wasted an opportunity to win another Super Bowl and are now mired in mediocrity . Of course Elway’s ego wont allow him to take the blame for the downfall of the Broncos because it only allows him to take all the credit for winning but never any blame for losing .

  9. youngnoizecom says:
    February 22, 2018 at 11:47 am

    I don’t think you can judge the job he’s done until the team has a competent quarterback. Without one you really can’t do much.
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    They won the Super Bowl without one.

  10. If these last two seasons are any indication of how the nfl will be moving forward then everyone is really close.

    Just look this year how these franchises turned it around; Jaguars, Rams,and Eagles. Heck the Bills made the playoffs (congradulations).

  11. Hat Trick says:
    February 22, 2018 at 11:31 am
    you have to beat both the Pats and the Steelers in back to back weeks… Ask Jacksonville how easy that is.
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    The Broncos beat the Pats and Steelers in back-to-back weeks in the playoffs in 2015 on their way to a championship. It’s really not that hard.

  12. Mahomes hasn’t been tested.
    The Raiders are broken.
    Phyllis.

    If we can get Cousins, we will do OK in our division.

  13. be careful with your words Vance. It is better to under promise and over deliver. if you say the broncos are “really close” and you win 4 games, lots o people won;t be happy.

  14. mogogo1 says:
    February 22, 2018 at 11:41 am
    QB isn’t their biggest problem–the offensive line is. Their line wasn’t exactly a strong point the Super Bowl year but it is WAY worse now. They gave up over 50 sacks last season and they also don’t run block well. It won’t make much difference who the QB is unless that line is significantly improved. Siemian/Osweiler/Lynch were getting hit on 3-step drops last season.

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    The line was actually worse in their SB run. They upgraded the guard position with Ronald Leary no question about it. Bolles at LT was an upgrade over Schoelfied who gave up 5 sacks to Khalil Mack in a single game. Although better than their SB year, it is still average to below average. Especially when they don’t have a QB who can compensate with quick release or accurately reading defenses to adjust protection.

  15. Denver fan of 22 years here along with a fan of the NFL for over 55 years. I don’t know whether Joseph is a good coach or not which is why John kept him. Having hired Jost McD & giving him total control we went in the other direction. And last year John & the FO decided to surround their coach with former head coaches ( McCoy) and Joseph decided to allow them a long leash. And John has admitted he is not good at drafting so the brought Gary back. And yes near the end of last yr with some FA’s and pick ups our O Line in the last 2 games wasn
    t as bad. Actually, it should be a pretty easy fix ie find a decent QB vet add a good guard & tackle and we could win the division. I mean I am not worried about the Chiefs nor the Chargers

  16. This Bronco fan thinks the biggest hole is the head coach. I suspect he’ll be out around game 10.

    For now they need a right tackle, but either of the Notre Dame linemen would help

  17. joetoronto says:
    February 22, 2018 at 12:00 pm
    Mahomes is an unknown, you Cheaps fans are in 100% delusional mode.

    Even with an unknown KC is better than the Faiders. Count your wins against KC in the last 5 years you only need 2 fingers

  18. joetoronto says:
    February 22, 2018 at 12:00 pm
    Mahomes is an unknown, you Cheaps fans are in 100% delusional mode.

    And Carr is a known who just can’t beat the Chiefs.

  19. And I feel like I’m really close to getting a date with Kate Upton but in all actuality she’s married, I don’t have a chance and the Broncos aren’t close. They’ve lived off their defense and it’s going to slightly decline again next yr with Talon likely cut and Roby moving into a starting role. Whoever replaces Roby won’t be nearly as good a 3rd corner as he was hence why he will be starting. Miller slipped a little and needs pass rush help and on offense other then their receiving duo of Sanders/Thomas where don’t they need an upgrade? And if Sanders or Thomas get cut which could be likely theireven weak at wr.

  20. Hat Trick says:
    February 22, 2018 at 11:31 am
    you have to beat both the Pats and the Steelers in back to back weeks… Ask Jacksonville how easy that is.
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    The Broncos beat the Pats and Steelers in back-to-back weeks in the playoffs in 2015 on their way to a championship. It’s really not that hard.

    ONE year out of how many?? Yeah hold on to that bud!!

  21. I think he means they are really close to some awesome practices. no closer to knowing how to win games, he just looks lost on the sidelines

  22. Broncos playoffs in playoffs against New England and Pittsburgh
    Vs Patriots 4-1
    Vs Steelers 5-3

  23. To make a statement like that proves he’s out of touch with reality. I can understand staying positive, but c’mon. Elway wouldn’t even try to convince anyone that his team is close to contention next season. Get real dude!

  24. Gee what could possibly go wrong when you consistently cheat the salary cap year after year. If only Elway and the donks front office we’re as creative drafting players as they were funneling money under the the table to over the hill veterans and the few probowl players they had.

  25. If Denver gets a qb, they are possibly in contention to make the playoffs with that defense. Keep in mind that Denver’s strength of schedule this year is 27th and the AFC West hardly looks like world beaters.

  26. mlhigh says:
    February 23, 2018 at 1:17 am
    If Denver gets a qb, they are possibly in contention to make the playoffs with that defense. Keep in mind that Denver’s strength of schedule this year is 27th and the AFC West hardly looks like world beaters.
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    Also keeping in mind, Denver’s strength of schedule LAST YEAR was the TOUGHEST in the NFL. With a decent QB, Denver could have finished around 7-9 possibly 8-8 last year. There were multiple games lost DIRECTLY because of the QB position.

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