Under head coach Vance Joseph, the Denver Broncos have lost eight-straight games since their Week 5 bye by an average of 15.4 points per game, their overall record of 3-9 ensures that the franchise will have their first losing season since 2010, and they have been downright difficult to watch for most of the 2017 season.
Common sense would suggest that Joseph should start spending some time updating his resume. Instead, the first-year head coach doesn’t have any concerns about his job security at this point in time.
“I’m not concerned about that,” Joseph said on Monday when asked if he is concerned about losing his job. “I’m concerned about one thing and that’s the Jets on Sunday. I’ve been in the league a long time. I’m not concerned about that.”
Joseph is either playing it cool, or he simply doesn’t understand that the Broncos are a franchise where losing is unacceptable.
During the Pat Bowlen-era (1984-present), Denver has made more Super Bowls appearances (7) than they have had losing seasons (6, counting the 2017 season), and they have the longest active sellout streak in the National Football League.
What could save Joseph’s job, however, is the fact that the Broncos are a franchise that thrives on continuity. According to ESPN’s Jeff Legwold, the Broncos have never fired a coach after one season.
With that being said, Denver has been getting flat-out embarrassed on a near weekly basis. If they don’t show major signs of improvement in their final four games on the season, general manager John Elway may have no choice but to move on from Joseph after only 16 games.
“We want to do something positive for this season so we can move forward in the future here,” Joseph said on Monday afternoon. “I think everyone’s in. Everyone’s eyes were up, everyone’s feeling the same way and we get it. It’s been hard on the fans, the city and you guys – us and our families. It’s been hard. We get it. We have to continue to go to work and to make something positive here.”