Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph is scheduled to interview with the Denver Broncos on Tuesday for their head coaching vacancy. He’s also scheduled to interview with the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday, but according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who is as tapped in as any national reporter in the NFL, Joseph might not be allowed to leave Denver.
“Dolphins DC Vance Joseph scheduled to interview Thurs with 49ers, per source,” Schefter wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday morning. “But that’s if Denver, interviewing Joseph today, lets him go.”
The latter half of that statement insinuates that, if all goes well in today’s interview, Joseph could be hired as the next head coach of the (for a few more weeks) defending Super Bowl champions.
Joseph apparently interviewed once before with the Broncos. That was back in the winter of 2015 after the Broncos and John Fox parted ways. However, the Broncos inevitably hired Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, a long-time Denver assistant who’d go on to pilot the Broncos to the championship in his first season at the helm.
Kubiak stepped aside after the 2016 season due to health concerns and a desire to spend more time with family, leading the Broncos back to Joseph.
In his first season as a defensive coordinator after 11 years in the NFL as a defensive backs coach, Joseph’s defense ranked 29th in yardage allowed and 18th in scoring defense. However, they were 11th in the NFL in takeaways.
Joseph played two years in the NFL in 1995 and 1996 with the New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts, respectively. He then went on to spend six years coaching collegiately before beginning his NFL coaching career.
Joseph is 44 years old and he’s seeking his first head coaching opportunity at any level.