A look at Vance Joseph's completed Denver Broncos staff

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday February 15, 2017


Vance Joseph has completed his first staff with the Denver Broncos.

The Broncos job opened suddenly after the season when Gary Kubiak announced he would step down due to health concerns. Joseph takes over a team just one year removed from winning the Super Bowl, and one with one of the league's best defenses. As he said, this isn’t a rebuild. 

As a result, he retained a good chunk of the previous staff, while also bringing in new coaches. Here’s the 2017 Broncos staff:


As you see, nine on-field assistants were retained, including running backs coach Eric Studesville, wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert, offensive assistant Klint Kubiak, defensive line coach Bill Kollar, linebackers coach Reggie Herring, outside linebackers coach Fred Pagac, defensive assistant Chris Beake and special teams assistant Chris Gould.

But one assistant who wasn’t retained was defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. 9News reported Phillips chose a raise instead of an extension after the 2015 season. When his contract ended after 2016, he wasn’t brought back, and defensive backs coach Joe Woods was promoted to the coordinator job.

To fill Woods’ role, Joseph hired the past two Oakland Raiders defensive backs coach. Marcus Robertson spent the last two years in the job, and Johnnie Lynn spent the previous three years in the job.

To run the offense, Mike McCoy returns to Denver. McCoy spent the last four years as the Chargers head coach, and he was the Broncos offensive coordinator before that. McCoy also brought offensive line coach Jeff Davidson with him from San Diego.

Five of the six new NFL head coaches have completed their staffs. Keep track of new NFL staffs here.

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to chris@coachingsearch.com.