The Vance Joseph era for the Denver Broncos could be extremely short-lived.
According to Mike Florio of NBC’s Pro Football Talk, Joseph’s future with the Broncos could be on the line during the team’s Week 17 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
“Add it all up [several blowout losses], and at a minimum next week’s regular-season finale against the Chiefs requires the Broncos to at least be mildly competitive,” Florio wrote. “Even then, it may not matter; after seeing the crowd or lack thereof at the stadium named for a defunct company on New Year’s Eve, Elway’s New Year’s resolution may be to pull the plug on the coaching staff and try again.”
The Broncos have struggled to a 5-10 record in 2017, putting them on track to land a top-10 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. What’s more concerning, though, is the fashion in which Denver has been losing.
Florio pointed out that in Joseph’s first year on the job, the Broncos have lost eight games by double digits ―four of those games by 20 or more points. For reference, the 0-15 Cleveland Browns have only one blowout loss by 20 or more points.
For a franchise that’s as proud as the Broncos, losing in that manner is simply unacceptable. As a result, Denver could open the 2018 season with its fourth coach in the five years.