With his season officially ended, Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph is expected to interview for the Denver Broncos’ coaching vacancy.
Cameron Wolfe for The Denver Post wasted no time breaking the news, practically as the clock was hitting zero on the Dolphins’ season in their wild card playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Then again, the Broncos’ interest in the first-year coordinator was no big secret, as he’s one of the hottest coaching candidates for 2017.
Some might question whether a 30-12 defeat in which his defense had no answers for Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell or wide receiver Antonio Brown might hurt Joseph’s stock. However, it’s worth noting the Dolphins were without two key starters in linebacker Jelani Jenkins and cornerback Byron Maxwell (not to mention quarterback Ryan Tannehill on the other side of the ball.)
Of course, Miami’s defense hasn’t exactly been stellar this season, ranked 18th in the NFL in total yards allowed and 29th in scoring. Nonetheless, Joseph’s career trajectory has been on a meteoric rise since returning to the league as a defensive backs coach with the San Francisco 49ers in 2005, and the Broncos are at least going to see what he’s all about.