DENVER (KKTV) - The Denver Broncos officially introduced Vance Joseph as the new head coach Thursday afternoon.
Joseph said he’s eager to step into the Broncos’ championship culture, saying, “It’s a football team that’s not broken. It’s a great job.”
Joseph follows Gary Kubiak. Kubiak, who was 24-11 with the Denver Broncos including a Super Bowl 50 win. Kubiak stepped aside citing health concerns.
The 44-year-old Joseph also had interviews with the 49ers, Rams and Chargers.
Joseph is no stranger to the Centennial State. He played for the University of Colorado as a quarterback and running back from 1990 to 1995.
Joseph started his professional career with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent before playing for the Indianapolis Colts. After playing two seasons in the NFL Joseph was hired on as a graduate assistance for CU.
After several college coaching jobs Joseph jumped back into the NFL as a secondary assistant for the San Francisco 49ers. Eventually he was promoted to secondary coach before going to Cincinnati as a defensive backs coach in January of 2014.
Joseph was then introduced as the defensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins at the start of this season.
Joseph signed a four-year contract with the Denver Broncos on Wednesday.
Joseph called the Denver Broncos' job a "reboot, not a rebuild" when he was introduced.
Jason La Canfora reported earlier in the week that Joseph was the front-runner for the job heading into the interview process. Joesph, who served as the Dolphins' defensive coordinator during the 2016 season, replaces Gary Kubiak, who retired a year after leading Denver to a title in Super Bowl 50.
After a four-hour interview with the team on Tuesday, Joseph received a call from Broncos' officials to resume the interview on Wednesday. Joseph also had interviews scheduled with the Chargers and 49ers.
Mike Klis of 9 News reported early Wednesday that Joseph was scheduled to fly out to San Diego to meet with the Chargers, but those plans obviously changed when talks escalated with the Broncos. Denver also interviewed Chiefs defensive coordinator Dave Toub and Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan for the vacant position.
Joseph has been the hottest coaching candidate in the weeks since the regular-season ended. In fact, of the six coaching openings, only the Jaguars didn't reach out last week to request an interview with Joseph. The Jags have since hired Doug Marrone to replace Gus Bradley.
Klis writes that Joe Wood is the leading candidate to be the Broncos' new defensive coordinator, though Wade Phillips says he likes his chances of returning to the Broncos. If Phillips isn't retained, he won't be out of work long; he's one of the league's best coordinators.
On the other side of the ball, Klis adds that Mike McCoy and Bill Musgrave could be in the mix for offensive coordinator. There are also reports that should Sean McDermott get the Bills job, he could ask McCoy to join him there. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Broncos have already set up interviews with McCoy and Musgrave, scheduled for Thursday.