Vance Joseph on releasing Chad Kelly: “It was the best thing for the Broncos and for Chad”

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The Broncos decided on Wednesday morning to release quarterback Chad Kelly, a day after he was arrested for first-degree criminal trespass. On Wednesday afternoon, coach Vance Joseph explained the decision to reporters.

“We thought it was the best thing for the Broncos and for Chad,” Joseph said. “That’s our job. It’s to figure out the best thing for the football team. That’s why it was done.”

Joseph was asked whether the same decision would have been made if Kelly had been the starter.

“He wasn’t the starter,” Joseph said. “That’s an irrelevant question. He was the backup. He made a mistake and we had a long discussion about how to handle it. It was to waive Chad. It’s as simple as that. Very simple.”

The decision as to the new backup quarterback is also very simple. Kevin Hogan becomes No. 2, with no immediate plan to add a quarterback.

“Kevin is the backup right now,” Joseph said. “We’ll see as time progresses here.”

But another quarterback could be added; given the initially tepid response from Joseph regarding his confidence in Hogan, maybe that will happen sooner than later.

“Kevin is fine,” Joseph said. “Kevin has played in games, he’s a smart guy, he’s picked it up quick and we have full confidence in Kevin.”

The Broncos also had confidence in Kelly, until they didn’t. At a time when some wonder whether Kelly had other incidents that the media and fans don’t know about, Joseph made it clear that Kelly “didn’t have a pattern at all.”

As one source suggested to PFT, it’s entirely possible that Kelly was drafted despite his background of off-field issues with a clear understanding that he’d be on a one-strike arrangement. That would explain the decision to cut ties with Kelly after only one misstep.

23 responses to “Vance Joseph on releasing Chad Kelly: “It was the best thing for the Broncos and for Chad”

  1. But the very best thing overall to do for the Broncos is to release Vance Joseph. He’s one of the worst coaches in NFL history.

  2. Best for Chad? Hahaha! It’s irrelevant if he was a starter? Haha! Keep tellin them jokes fella….

  3. I’m not buying it.

    There is something that has not been released yet.

    Otherwise, the Broncos would have just given the couple some season tickets to drop the charges.

  4. thrifty says:
    October 24, 2018 at 7:58 pm
    But the very best thing overall to do for the Broncos is to release Vance Joseph. He’s one of the worst coaches in NFL history.

    Could not agree more. How he even got that job after leading the Miami defense WITH Ndamakong Suh to a team 31st overall ranking and 32nd in many defensive categories is beyond comprehension.

  5. “There is something that has not been released yet.”
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    Honestly, despite the details being sketchy it seems pretty clear. He was a complete tool at the team party, got into a fight, then battled a security guard as they were kicking him out. He burned all his bridges with his teammates and it was just a happy break for the Broncos he staggered into the wrong house giving them that to use as the excuse.

  6. Now the Bills will sign him because even 2 time murders are held in high regard in that town, and the fanboys will be ecstatic until he bombs out too.

  7. Now the Bills will sign him because even 2 time murders are held in high regard in that town, and the fanboys will be ecstatic until he bombs out too.

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    Not saying the Bills should or should not pick him up. But if he has a chance anywhere to clean up his act it might be in Buffalo with Uncle Jim looking over his shoulder. Besides, he is a talented QB and the Bills have a definite lack in that area.

  8. “There is something that has not been released yet.”
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    Honestly, despite the details being sketchy it seems pretty clear. He was a complete tool at the team party, got into a fight, then battled a security guard as they were kicking him out. He burned all his bridges with his teammates and it was just a happy break for the Broncos he staggered into the wrong house giving them that to use as the excuse.

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    Pretty sure there were a lot of drugs involved. Sounds like a candy flip.

  9. There are players on HIS TEAM that have done worst then Kelly (#@PacMan) and they are still on the roster. If Kelly worked any place other then the NFL, He could file an unlawful termination suit against his employer. His defense would be that he was not on company time. He acted the fool at a party but his offense doesn’t really warrant termination. Maybe a suspension or fine..not firing him.

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