After hours of excruciating speculation, the Denver Broncos have finally made it official. They have announced that Vance Joseph will be the team's 16th head coach.
Joseph, 44, flew into Denver to interview at 11 a.m. Tuesday, and spent more than four hours at the team facility at Dove Valley, before going to dinner with GM John Elway and a couple of other decision-makers from the Broncos brain trust.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Broncos signed Joseph to a four-year deal. Joseph becomes the 18th African American full time head coach in NFL history and the first in the Broncos annals.
“Becoming head coach of the Denver Broncos is a dream job for many reasons," Joseph said via the team. "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 under Mr. Bowlen.
“I can’t wait to get to work with our players and become part of this community.”
The Broncos were looking for leadership, charisma and someone who could help bridge the locker room divide that contributed to the team's late-season collapse. At this stage, rumors are abounding about whom Joseph will hire as his assistants.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1744825-flash-sale-get-9-months-o... I've heard that an effort will be made to retain Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator, but I've also had that refuted by other sources. The team is working to sign Mike McCoy as offensive coordinator, who spent four years with the Broncos (2009-12) in the same role, before taking a head coaching job with the San Diego Chargers.
Bill Musgrave, who once backed up John Elway in Denver, was recently allowed to leave Oakland as offensive coordinator, and could be another top choice in the Broncos sights. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Broncos are expected to interview both McCoy and Musgrave for OC on Thursday.
The constitution of the coaching staff under Vance Joseph is still in flux. It's a fluid situation, but sources tell me that the team will work to keep defensive guys like defensive backs coach Joe Woods and defensive line coach Bill Kollar.
If no deal can be made with Wade Phillips, Joe Woods could be promoted to DC.
The Broncos are expected to host a press conference soon, to introduce Vance Joseph. We'll keep you updated with the fluidity of the effort to fill out Joseph's coaching staff.
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