UPDATE: 12:50 P.M. MST: John Elway makes it official.
Excited to announce Vance Joseph as head coach of the Denver Broncos! pic.twitter.com/m87uUn9KXs
— John Elway (@johnelway) January 11, 2017
And Mike Klis has more details.
Broncos have reached agreement in principle on 4-year contract with Vance Joseph as new head coach. #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) January 11, 2017
Vance Joseph served as the defensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins this past season. Previously, he was the defensive backs coach for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2014 and 2015. He had interviewed for the HC position in 2014 when Elway opted to hire Gary Kubiak. After the Broncos requested an interview with Joseph to be the defensive coordinator, the Bengals denied permission for an interview.
Joseph will be the Broncos’ first black head coach holding the position on a full-time basis. Eric Studesville was an interim head coach for four games in 2010.
Joseph played for the University of Colorado as a quarterback and running back, finishing his career with 454 yards passing and four touchdowns and rushing for 237 yards. He signed with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in 1995 and switched to defensive back, playing two seasons for the Jets and Indianapolis Colts.
His first coaching job was as the secondary coach for the University of Wyoming in 2002. He also coached the secondary at the University of Colorado and Bowling Green University. He joined the San Francisco 49ers as a secondary assistant in 2005, then was promoted to defensive backs coach, a position he shared with Johnnie Lynn until 2010. He then joined the Houston Texans as defensive backs coach from 2011 to 2013.
Andrew Mason shared this statement from Miami Dolphins head coach, and former Broncos offensive coordinator, Adam Gase about Joseph.
Miami head coach Adam Gase, on Vance Joseph: pic.twitter.com/60xOco0s4q
— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) January 11, 2017
UPDATE: 12:57 P.M. MST: Joseph has two candidates in mind for offensive coordinator.
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) January 11, 2017
And it sounds like Broncos defensive backs coach Joe Woods will move up to defensive coordinator.
— Cecil Lammey (@CecilLammey) January 11, 2017