Vance Joseph is the next Denver Broncos head coach

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday January 11, 2017

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Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph has been named head coach of the Denver Broncos. ESPN reports Joseph will have a 4-year deal.

Joseph just finished his first season with the Dolphins. His defense finished No. 18 in the NFL in scoring D at 23.8 points per game, and the Dolphins went 10-6 and lost to the Steelers in the playoffs. They went 9-1 to finish the regular season.

Previously, Joseph was the defensive backs coach with the Bengals (2014-15), Texans (2011-13) and 49ers (2006-10). He’s also coached at Bowling Green, Colorado and Wyoming.

“It’s not a rebuild but a reboot,” Joseph told the Broncos website. “Most guys get jobs that are broken. This job’s not broken. This is a job that, it was a winner of it all two seasons ago.”

Joseph takes over a Bronco team one year removed from winning the Super Bowl. The team once again had one of the top defenses in the NFL (No. 4 in scoring), but quarterback issues following Peyton Manning’s retirement led to a struggling offense (No. 22 in scoring) and a 9-7 record.

“I’m a winner,” Joseph said. “Coming here, they’re used to winning. That standard won’t change. I’m going to enhance that standard.”

This moves fills the second of six NFL openings. Keep track of NFL head coaching changes here.

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