The Denver Broncos announced Wednesday that they have hired Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph as their new head coach. Joseph is the sixteenth head coach in Broncos history.
Joseph replaces Gary Kubiak, who retired after a twenty-four year coaching career and spent the last two years as the head coach of the Broncos, where he won a Super Bowl in his first season. Joseph interviewed for the job back in 2014 and was considered the backup plan if Kubiak didn’t take the job.
Joseph has eleven years of NFL coaching experience under his belt. He spent ten years as a defensive backs coach for various teams (San Francisco 49ers 2005-2010, Houston Texans 2011-2013, Cincinnati Bengals 2014-2015). He was hired as the defensive coordinator of the Dolphins when Adam Gase took the head coaching job there. In his only year with the team, the Dolphins ranked 29th in total defense (15th in passing, 30th in rushing).
“Becoming head coach of the Denver Broncos is a dream job for many reasons,” Joseph said in a statement released by the Broncos, ”The Broncos have an unbelievable winning tradition and great fan support. But what makes this even more special is it’s a place that’s ready to win. This is not a rebuilding situation. It’s a reboot. There is a culture of winning here, and the standards around here won’t change. Those are to win championships. I am very thankful to John Elway and Joe Ellis for this opportunity. It’s incredibly humbling to be part of an organization like the Broncos with so much history and success, especially when you see all the great things this franchise has accomplished.”