Vance Joseph at Denver Broncos OTAs: “We Can’t Waste A Day”

Jan 12, 2017; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph speaks during a press conference at UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 12, 2017; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph speaks during a press conference at UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

As the Broncos began their first part of mini-camp on Tuesday, Vance Joseph made it clear from the beginning, he wants the Broncos to finish everything.

As the Broncos began their first day of mini-camp, new head coach Vance Joseph was adamant the team finished every rep. Upbeat and ready to work, Joseph seemed comfortable out on the field with his team as first time head coach.

"It was obviously fun. The players were engaged. They’re happy to be here. It was a fast-paced practice. It was clean. So it was fun.– Vance Joseph after Day One of Broncos Mini-Camp (quotes courtesy Denver Broncos PR)"

The atmosphere at Dove Valley was different, and for once it felt like change may be a good thing. Joseph expressed to the team that he didn’t want to waste any time getting started.

"Simple. We can’t waste a day. Whether it’s full speed or it’s a walkthrough, we can’t waste a day. It’s only a nine- or 10-week offseason, so every rep counts. They practiced that way. It was intense, it was engaging. Everyone was into it today."

Changes that the Broncos had to make revolved around the offensive game-plan. The Broncos offense was ranked in the bottom half of the NFL last year.

More specifically Denver has to run the ball more effectively to create an offensive balance and Joseph stressed the importance of it. Joseph noted:

"It starts day one as far as making our offensive line running game more of a gap downhill running style, more of a power football style"

The Broncos faced several situations late in games where they needed to pick up a 2nd and 3 or a 3rd and 1 and they couldn’t do it. This created an offensive imbalance between running the ball and throwing the ball, thus the offense sputtered at times.

Shaping up the offensive to be consistent and effective are some of Joseph’s goals, but jokingly Joseph said the biggest struggle for him is adapting from the transition of coordinator to head coach.

"It’s different. I was a little lost this morning. Last year going from a secondary coach to a coordinator, I was really bored during meetings. This year is even worse, so I have to find a home. I kind of naturally gravitate towards the defense, but it’s different. My role is probably most suited out side of the practice village as far as the organization and pushing the team in the right way."

Something noticeable that stuck out to me regarding Vance Joseph during mini-camp: passion.

Every head coach has a certain style of coaching, but Joseph impressed me for how connected he appeared to be with his players.

Joseph Addresses The QB Battle:

Obviously the most intriguing story-line of the off-season, mini-camp, and training camp has and will be regarding the Broncos QB. Both Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch will compete to get the  starting nod for the Broncos.

Joseph noted that both QB’s looked good in terms of their communication in the huddle. This is a big trait because it often involves a QB developing into a leader. Competition certainly brings out the best in everybody.

Joseph still didn’t give an official comment regarding who is where in terms of the race, but praised both of the Broncos young QBs.

"It’s the first day, it’s the first install, but they were both very engaged. They threw the ball well, both guys did."

The media and fans alike will continue asking the question until they hear who is at the top of the depth chart.

Joseph’s Role On Draft Day:

With the Draft approaching in just about 24 hours, Vance Joseph is ready for the Draft process. Joseph will be working closely with John Elway specifically as the Broncos prepare to be on the clock.

"John Elway and his guys, and Matt Russell and his staff are leading the way. They see each guy for a two-or three-year period. I’ve seen them for a month now. It’s obviously John’s deal, but i’m very involved. I’m not bored this week at all. There is a lot of work to do."

Joseph was locked in and ready to go during mini-camp and I saw many things that excited me for what he can potentially bring to the organization. Below is a recap of Joseph’s first day at practice!

What are your thoughts Broncos Country?