Another head coach opening has been filled around the NFL today as the Denver Broncos hired Vance Joseph to be their next head coach.
It's official.— John Elway (@johnelway) January 11, 2017
Excited to announce Vance Joseph as head coach of the Denver Broncos! pic.twitter.com/m87uUn9KXs
Joseph was the defensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins in 2016, a unit that ranked 29th in yards per game allowed and 18th in points per game allowed. Before that, he spent a number of years as a defensive backs coach, including in the NFL with the 49ers, Texans, and Bengals. He spent two years as a defensive back as a player in the NFL, playing the 1995 season with the Jets and the 1996 season with the Colts. During his time in Indianapolis, he played in four games.
It’s a hire that keeps the focus on the defensive side of the football for the Broncos, which they surely hope will continue the high level of play they’ve produced at in recent seasons. The move does cast questions about the future of Wade Phillips, however, as he’s done a tremendous job as the Denver defensive coordinator in the past few years but who may not be returning. It would be a smart move for Joseph and the Broncos to bring Phillips back, but it’s unclear how the dynamic would work out with Joseph as a defensive-minded head coach. That’s a big storyline to pay attention to, as there are a ton of teams who could use Phillips’s help with their defense (with the Colts definitely being one of them). Furthermore, it will be interesting to see who Joseph hires as his offensive coordinator, as Denver’s biggest problem is their offense. Denver will reportedly interview Mike McCoy and Bill Musgrave for the position.
The Colts will face the Broncos in 2017 as they will host Denver, so they’ll get to see Joseph on the opposing sidelines next year.