The Denver Broncos have a new head coach.
Vance Joseph has officially been hired to replace the retired Gary Kubiak, Broncos football czar John Elway announced Wednesday. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Joseph signed a four-year deal.
Spending the past season as defensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins, Joseph staged his first interview with the club on Tuesday before returning for a second meeting on Wednesday with Elway. This time around, Joseph stayed.
“He has great leadership qualities and a strong vision of what it takes to win,” Elway tweeted of Joseph on Tuesday.
Joseph worked under Kubiak for three seasons — from 2011 to 2013 — as a defensive backs aide for the Houston Texans. He served in the same capacity the following two years in Cincinnati before Dolphins coach Adam Gase nabbed Joseph as his coordinator in 2016.
“Going against him over the last few years, he was probably the one guy that would drive me nuts,” Gase said of Joseph, per DenverBroncos.com. “I know he gave us tons of fits when we played him when we were in Houston. And then two years ago when he was in Cincinnati and we were in Denver, it was a tough matchup. I think his DBs picked us off four times.
“His knowledge of defense and what he brings to the table and his ability to really go after an offense, as far as really teaching his guys what’s going on, it’s very impressive.”
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SOURCE: NFL, Marc Sessler