The title really says it all — the Denver Broncos are apparently dead set on making Cincinnati Bengals defensive backs coach Vance Joseph their next defensive coordinator. John Elway and Gary Kubiak are reportedly not taking ‘no’ for an answer.
After the Broncos interviewed Joseph for their head coaching position, they went down to Houston and interviewed/hired Gary Kubiak as the 15th head coach of the team. It seemed like the Broncos merely interviewed Joseph as a way to satisfy the Rooney Rule, which is in place so that any head coaching vacancy in the league doesn’t go through the interview process without interviewing a minority.
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It’s a good rule to have in place, but it can be abused, and there is some legitimate worry the Broncos might have done that here having pre-determined Kubiak as their head coach from the very start, but they seem to be genuinely interested in furthering his career as a coach in the NFL.
The Broncos want Joseph as their defensive coordinator and seem to be willing to do whatever it takes in order to get him out of Cincinnati. We all know how John Elway is stubborn when it comes to getting what he wants, and he and Kubiak are now putting a full-court press on the Bengals to let Joseph get a promotion and continue his ascension in NFL coaching.
It’s a bit of a low blow for the Bengals to be preventing Joseph from doing so, especially considering how much Denver seems to want him. He was never a legitimate threat to be head coach in Denver, or so we think, but the Bengals are allowed by NFL rules to deny him permission to interview for a coordinator job and they are holding on for dear life.
Obviously, Joseph is going to want to get a promotion within the league and especially considering the defensive personnel he would have to work with in Denver. It’s a great opportunity for him and it seems like a low class move by the Bengals to not let him go. The Bengals obviously don’t want to lose a good coach, but usually teams will allow position coaches to accept promotions or give them one themselves.
While the Broncos continue to pursue Joseph as their defensive coordinator, there are rumors that they could be keeping Wade Phillips as a contingency plan in case the attempt to get Joseph proves unfruitful. At this point, we have no idea what is going to happen with this situation, but it’s a critical open position on the team right now and Denver is already off to a fantastic start to adding to the coaching staff defensively with Bill Kollar as the defensive line coach.
Hopefully we will know sooner rather than later who the Broncos’ next defensive coordinator is going to be.