After a 9-7 season following their Super Bowl 50 victory, in addition to former Head Coach Gary Kubiak stepping down for health reasons, the Denver Broncos were looking for answers as to who was the next person to lead this team.
Within the past five years, GM John Elway has done a great job of formulated and crafting a roster that is built to win. A defense that always ranks among the tops in the NFL and an offense that, with a young starting quarterback, had its struggles this past season, but looks to be better next year with good skill players and another year of experience.
Their anchor is definitely their defensive unit however, which is a good anchor to have for any incoming coach into an established franchise. So Elway’s choice of his next coach has to be someone who can handle a talented roster that has already won and motivate them to get back to the big game.
Elway’s choice: Vance Joseph.
Joseph is a young, energetic “defensive guy” who was the defensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins this past season who made the playoffs unlike the Broncos. The key words there were young and energetic because that’s exactly what this roster needs to make it back to the mountaintop.
This young energy is vital because the team is still relatively young. During their Super Bowl run, if not for Peyton Manning at the helm, the Broncos feature many foundational players under the age of 30 and players who are entering or already in their prime. After an up and down season mixed with inconsistency and key losses down the stretch, the team needed something new.
So far, according to the players, like Aqib Talib and Demaryius Thomas, that excitement is already starting to build and it starts with Joseph.
“Well-oiled machines, they go bad too, so you’ve got to re-tune them sometimes. I think Vance Joseph is the perfect tune-up that we need going into this year,” Talib said. “Just from talking to him on the phone, the ambition, [he] wants to be great. I think it will rub off on the team.”
“It’s been my fourth or fifth coach in the league and it’s only been my eighth year,” Thomas said. “I talked to Coach Joseph. Great guy. I’m excited to get to work with him. I think he’ll do great.
“I think Mr. Elway and the rest of the Bowlen family did a great job of evaluating who we were gonna bring in. It’s gonna be tough, but we’ll have his back.”
It remains to be seen whether or not the signing of Joseph will make the necessary impact needed to get this team back to the playoffs, but it’s sure off to a good start and you can feel the excitement from the players.
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