According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, the Broncos will interview Cincinnati Bengals defensive backs coach Vance Joseph for their head coaching position. This is a really interesting candidate, whom nobody had really ever heard of. Joseph coaches a defensive backs unit in Cincinnati that picked off Peyton Manning four times and led him to what I believe to be the worst performance of his Denver Broncos career.
Joseph was a quarterback at Colorado behind Kordell Stewart in college in the early 90’s before making the switch to defensive backs, and he’s been coaching since 1999 as a Graduate Assistant with the Buffaloes. He broke into the NFL in 2005 with the San Francisco 49ers where he was a defensive backs coach, and he took the same position with the Houston Texans and now Cincinnati Bengals.
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This is the most unknown coach John Elway has considered thus far, but I absolutely love it. The Denver Post article I linked cites Joseph as one of the top rising stars as a head coach prospect, and he has an obvious connection to the state of Colorado having played his college ball there.
This isn’t an out of the box move by John Elway. This move even to interview this guy proves that for Elway, there is no box.
If Joseph is ready for a head coach job in the NFL, I’d be a bit surprised but even the fact that the Broncos are looking into this is something that should excite the fans. John Elway is serious about finding the best possible candidate, regardless of what you have or haven’t accomplished in the league. Joseph’s unit absolutely crushed Peyton Manning and read him like a book. They were much better prepared and equipped to win that game, and maybe Elway saw that and felt like he should have a shot.
Joseph, being a former quarterback, obviously knows both sides of the football well. Whether or not he can make big decisions in critical football games is something Elway will have to decide when they interview him.