Joseph joins 'culture of winning' with Broncos


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The second time was a charm for Vance Joseph.
Joseph, who interviewed for the Broncos' head-coaching job in 2015 when the team hired Gary Kubiak, is the team's choice to be the 16th coach in franchise history, it was announced Wednesday.
The deal is for four years, and Joseph will be introduced at a news conference on Thursday.
Joseph, 44, just finished his first season as the Miami Dolphins' defensive coordinator. The Dolphins were defeated 30-12 by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wild-card round Sunday.
Sean McDermott, right, hired as the Bills' head coach, and Vance Joseph, left, named the Broncos' head coach, become the third and fourth youngest active NFL head coaches.
"Becoming head coach of the Denver Broncos is a dream job for many reasons," Joseph said in a statement Wednesday. "The Broncos have an unbelievable winning tradition and great fan support. But what makes this even more special is it's a place that's ready to win. This is not a rebuilding situation -- It's a reboot. There is a culture of winning here, and the standards around here won't change -- Those are to win championships.
"I am very thankful to John Elway and Joe Ellis for this opportunity. It's incredibly humbling to be part of an organization like the Broncos with so much history and success, especially when you see all the great things this franchise has accomplished."
The Broncos had vetted Joseph long before this week, as he interviewed for the job in 2015. Many with the Broncos say he would have been the pick back then had Kubiak not become available.
Joseph becomes the sixth black active head coach in the NFL, joining Mike Tomlin (Steelers), Marvin Lewis (Bengals), Hue Jackson (Browns), Jim Caldwell (Lions) and Todd Bowles (Jets).
— John Elway (@johnelway) January 11, 2017
Kubiak announced at the end of the season that he was stepping away from coaching because of health issues. Broncos executive vice president of football operations/general manager John Elway started the team's search for a new coach that same day.
The Broncos interviewed Kansas City Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub on Friday and Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, but the Broncos could not get a deal done with either until those teams were out of the playoffs or after the Super Bowl.
"During this process, we were very fortunate to spend time with three very qualified candidates who all could have been the next head coach of our team," Elway said in a statement Wednesday. "For us, Vance Joseph is the best fit to become the head coach of the Denver Broncos.
"Vance is very good football coach and teacher who is ready for this opportunity. His leadership qualities, his vision for building a championship team and his ability to get the most out of players are off the charts. In talking with Vance, the culture that he believes in and the culture of our organization are closely aligned and focused on one thing: Winning. He understands the high expectations this franchise has always had under (owner) Pat Bowlen, and he embraces them."
Joseph arrived Tuesday for his interview and dinner with team officials. He then stayed and was back at the team's suburban Denver complex Wednesday morning as the contract was finalized. He canceled a scheduled interview Wednesday with the San Diego Chargers.