Vance Joseph Favorite For Broncos’ HC Job

Although he hasn’t met with Denver officials, Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph has emerged as the front-runner to become the Broncos’ head coach, multiple league and team sources told Mike Klis of 9NEWS. Sporting News’ Alex Marvez previously named Joseph as the likely successor to Gary Kubiak, citing Joseph’s connection with Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell (Twitter link).

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While Joseph hasn’t yet spoken with Denver’s brass this week, the former University of Colorado quarterback did interview with the club before it hired the now-retired Kubiak in January 2015. It’s also notable that Joseph once worked under the Broncos’ most recent defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips, in Houston.

“I have so much respect for that man,” Joseph said of Phillips in October (via Cameron Wolfe of the Denver Post).

Despite Joseph’s affinity for Phillips, Marvez reported Thursday that the latter is likely on his way out of Denver. If hired, Joseph would probably promote defensive backs coach Joe Woods to replace Phillips, whose contract is up.

Joseph, who’s preparing to counter the Steelers’ offense in this weekend’s wild-card round, is in the midst of his first season as a coordinator. While it hasn’t gone well statistically (Miami finished the regular season 18th in scoring, 19th in DVOA and 29th in total defense), Joseph is nonetheless drawing plenty of interest from teams without head coaches. That could add to the Broncos’ urgency to hire the 44-year-old, who’s facing competition from Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan – who prefers Denver’s job to others – and Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub. Bills interim head coach Anthony Lynn‘s name has also come up, though the Broncos haven’t sought an interview with him, according to Klis (Twitter link).

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8 comments on “Vance Joseph Favorite For Broncos’ HC Job

    • JT19

      Wade Phillips might not get retained even if someone else is hired. Another candidate might prefer to bring in his own guy, especially if he has no current relationship/bad relationship with Phillips. I agree that the Broncos should keep Phillips, but it would be a mistake to do so if it means missing out on some of the better HC candidates.

  1. jsaldi

    You may have noticed over the years teams with the best defensive personnel have the best coordinators. Talent equals success

  2. Rich

    Why would the Broncos go for a HC that’s been a coordinator for ONE year and the Dolphins defense is ranked 29th? Talk about unproven. Someone is definitely a mile high

    • Getizzyback

      If you check what defensive personnel the Dolphins have drafted in the last few years and compare that to the guys that have left and who have been injured this season and to still end up 10-6 and make the playoffs, Vance Joseph is looking pretty good right now.

  3. Rich

    That’s sad that the Dolphins lbillionaire owner would pay Vance minimum wage to be a defensive coordinator for NFL team. That seems like high school coach. I would jump ship too

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