Vance Joseph’s season is over after the Miami Dolphins lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday afternoon. But, the highly-touted defensive coordinator might have an abnormally busy offseason.
Joseph is expected to interview with the Broncos in Denver on Tuesday, according to The Denver Post’s Nicki Jhabvala. The Broncos are looking for a replacement for Gary Kubiak, who resigned after the regular season.
Joseph might be an excellent fit in Denver. The Broncos boast one of the stingiest defenses in the NFL and finished the 2016 season ranked fourth in total defense (316.1 yards allowed per game) and in scoring defense (18.6 points allowed per game).
Joseph was considered for Denver’s head coaching vacancy in 2015, when the team ultimately hired Kubiak. He’s just one of several candidates vying for arguably the best coaching vacancy available.
The Broncos spent the weekend meeting with Kansas City Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub, as well as Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. It’s a diverse group and it’s uncertain to decipher what type of coach general manager John Elway is looking for.
“The priority is offense, but the priority is to continue to be great at defense,” Elway said, per Jhabvala. “The No. 1 priority is to stay there. That’s to not take a step back defensively and then continue to work on the offense.”
Denver’s offense went from barely competent enough to win a Super Bowl to just bad enough to cost the Broncos a playoff spot. That might make Shanahan as the slight favorite to land the job. But, Joseph’s background as a defensive coordinator might align more with the team’s current identity.
It’s clear the Broncos are turning over every stone as they hope to get the franchise back on track.