John Elway & The Broncos Brain Trust Explain Team's Decision To Hire Vance Joseph

John Elway explained the Broncos decision to make Vance Joseph the team's 16th head coach.

The decision to hire Vance Joseph as the Denver Broncos 16th Head Coach was two years in the making. He blew the Broncos away in a 2015 interview and followed it up with yet another impressive showing on Tuesday. 

With hot names like Kyle Shanahan and Dave Toub in the running, fans want to know; why did the Broncos choose Vance Joseph? Here's what GM John Elway said via a team press release. 

“During this process, we were very fortunate to spend time with three very qualified candidates who all could have been the next head coach of our team," Elway said. "For us, Vance Joseph is the best fit to become the head coach of the Denver Broncos. “Vance is very good football coach and teacher who is ready for this opportunity. His leadership qualities, his vision for building a championship team and his ability to get the most out of players are off the charts. In talking with Vance, the culture that he believes in and the culture of our organization are closely aligned and focused on one thing: Winning. He understands the high expectations this franchise has always had under Pat Bowlen, and he embraces them.

“We had the chance to get to know Vance a few years ago during his interview, and since that time, he's only continued to have success and grow as a coach. I'm very excited to welcome Vance and his family to Denver, and I look forward to working with him on our goal of competing for World Championships.”

The Broncos needed a strong, charismatic leader who could not only inspire and manage a roster of 53-plus players, but also execute the Head Coach's administrative duties. Joseph is known as a straight shooter and a great communicator — highly organized — and a leader of men. 

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Team President Joe Ellis weighed in on the decision to hire Joseph, echoing Elway's statements. 

“Our organization is very proud to name Vance Joseph as head coach of the Denver Broncos," Ellis said. "Vance believes strongly in two things that have defined Pat Bowlen’s ownership and championship history with this team: winning and doing things the right way. It was clear during the interview process that Vance’s depth of experience, his leadership and his very honest approach to coaching made him the best choice.

“This team has had an unbelievable amount of success with John Elway as general manager, and I commend John for leading this search to bring Vance to the Denver Broncos.”

The Broncos will now go about the in-depth process of filling out the coaching staff under Vance Joseph. Although their plans on the defensive side of the ball are still in flux, the Broncos have scheduled interviews with two offensive coordinator candidates for Thursday

Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.

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