The Denver Broncos have hired Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph as their next head coach, via ESPN’s Adam Schefter’s sources.
Joseph spent four hours interviewing with the team Tuesday and then went out to dinner with team executives afterward. Broncos general manager John Elway tweeted a positive recap of the team’s meeting with Joseph, but an offer hadn’t been made as of Tuesday night.
The first-year defensive coordinator was scheduled to fly to San Diego to interview with the Chargers Wednesday, but the Broncos never let him leave town.
Joseph, who played 17 games in the NFL as a converted defensive back, has spent 12 seasons coaching in the NFL. He was hired as Miami’s defensive coordinator last offseason by head coach Adam Gase after spending the rest of his coaching tenure as a defensive backs coach.
Miami ranked 29th in total defense (382.6 yards allowed per game) and 18th in scoring defense (23.8 points allowed per game) during Joseph’s first year calling the defense.
Joseph’s defensive background will align strongly with Denver’s current identity. He will overtake a Broncos defense that ranked fourth in total defense and fourth in scoring defense last season.
Joseph replaces Gary Kubiak, who resigned after the season due to health concerns. He went 21-11 in two seasons with the Broncos, winning Super Bowl 50 in his first season.
Excited to announce Vance Joseph as head coach of the Denver Broncos! pic.twitter.com/m87uUn9KXs
— John Elway (@johnelway) January 11, 2017