Broncos To Retain HC Vance Joseph

The Broncos will not make a change following a disappointing 5-11 campaign, as the team will bring back head coach Vance Joseph for 2018, CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports (Twitter link). Vance Joseph (vertical)

Team executive vice president of football operations and general manager John Elway reportedly went back and forth on the decision and decided to keep the first-year coach after taking the night to think it over.

Shortly after the news broke, Elway tweeted: “Vance and I had a great talk this morning about our plan to attack this offseason and get better as a team. We believe in Vance as our head coach. Together, we’ll put in the work to improve in all areas and win in 2018.”

It was long expected that Joseph would be retained but rumors picked up on Sunday that he would likely be out instead. Elway apparently had a change of heart once again and opted keep the defensive-minded coach. Had he been let go, he would have been the first non-interim coach in team history to be fired after just one season.

The first order of business for Joseph in his second season will be to find consistency at the quarterback position. The team will enter 2018 with Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian on the roster, but it is likely the team will look to free agents like Kirk Cousins or the NFL Draft to fill the role. With the No. 5 pick in the upcoming draft, the team is in borderline contention for UCLA’s Josh Rosen and USC’s Sam Darnold, the two highest-rated signal-callers at the moment.

With a strong defense and plenty of weapons on offense, the Broncos are a top candidate to make a rapid turnaround in 2018.

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  1. acarneglia

    I thought things were supposed to be better in a new year compared to the previous one

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  2. I think he deserved at least one more year. Injuries and poor QB play hurt this team, both of which are out of Vance Joseph’s control. The defense is good enough to carry the team to playoff contention, they just need a solid QB. Once the QB play fell off the cliff, the defense seemed to give up on what was turning into a lost season. I think Siemian and Osweiler showed that their ceiling is a journeyman QB (occasional starter, could-do-worse backup). I didn’t really watch Paxton Lynch enough to get a feel for him yet, but the reports/rumors don’t seem to be that inspiring. I think the correct move here should be take a shot at Cousins and if they don’t get him, use their first rounder on a QB. Let the first rounder, Lynch, and whoever else battle it out for the starting spot.

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  3. slpdajab55

    After all… Elway is just as responsible for this collection of misfit QBs.

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