The Denver Broncos were somewhat unexpectedly thrust into finding a replacement for former head coach Gary Kubiak. While becoming one of several teams forced to part ways with their head coach this offseason, the heralded franchise has found their next leader along the sideline.
According to an official statement released by the franchise on Wednesday afternoon, the Broncos have tabbed Miami Dolphins’ defensive coordinator Vance Joseph as their next head coach. Adam Schefter of ESPN is also reporting that the two sides have come to terms on a four-year deal.
The 44 -year-old served as the Dolphins’ defensive coordinator for just one season after Adam Gase took over at the helm in Miami at the start of last season. Prior to arriving in Miami, Joseph served stints on the coaching staffs of the San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans and Cincinnati Bengals.
However, despite becoming a respected defensive mind over the years, he has only served as a NFL defensive coordinator with the Dolphins after being a defensive backs coach with all three of the aforementioned franchises.
As a result of the 2016-2017 campaign, Joseph’s unit ranked 28th in the league in terms of total defense. Despite reaching the postseason as the No. 6 seed in the AFC, the 10-6 Dolphins allowed 382.6 yards per game this past season. Miami led only the Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers in this category.
However, the Dolphins fared much better in defending their opponent’s passing attack while ranking 15th in the league in this category. The area in which Joseph displays his expertise, the Dolphins’ secondary allowed 242.2 passing yards per game in 2016-2017.
With their new head coach now officially in place, the Broncos will bring in both Mike McCoy and Bill Musgrave to interview for their vacant offensive coordinator position, per Schefter.