The Denver Broncos’ search for a defensive coordinator continues on Tuesday with Wade Phillips flying in for an interview, per reports, and it might be a little awkward…
Clearly the Broncos have let it be known that they want Vance Joseph as their next defensive coordinator, and the Bengals are not willing to let him go even though it would be an upgrade in every sense for him. That’s not unwise of the Bengals, it’s just not exactly fair to Joseph who has a chance to further his career, and they are preventing it.
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They will likely reap the benefits of that down the line when some assistant doesn’t want to go coach there for fear of being locked down like Joseph is right now.
At any rate, the Broncos have a clear 1-2 on their list of prospective defensive coordinators in Joseph and Phillips, but there’s also the possibility of a third. As Mike Klis of the Denver Post reported, the Broncos could bring in former Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith for an interview in case things with Joseph and/or Phillips don’t quite work out.
At this point, it seems unlikely the Broncos will need to resort to their third option, but that’s a name to keep an eye on just in case it comes to that. It seems to me at this point the Broncos have sort of resigned to the fact that Joseph will not be available so we could have an announcement on Phillips sooner rather than later.
As always, keep your eyes peeled for the latest.