The leading candidate for the Denver Broncos head coaching job was Vance Joseph from the start, so it should not be surprising that John Elway went with the man he had wanted to hire all along.
On Wednesday, Elway made an offer to Joseph that he couldn’t refuse.
It's official.— John Elway (@johnelway) January 11, 2017
Excited to announce Vance Joseph as head coach of the Denver Broncos! pic.twitter.com/m87uUn9KXs
Broncos gave HC Vance Joseph a 4-year deal, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 11, 2017
Now comes the really fun part. What will Joseph’s coaching staff look like? Will he keep Wade Phillips and the defensive coaching staff? Are we going to see wholesale change everywhere on the staff? So many unanswered questions now.
The biggest focus will be on who takes the reigns of a much-maligned offense. Joseph will have much to prove, especially to a fan base that was entirely convinced the Broncos needed an offensive guru to fix this teams most pressing issues.
People are clearly stuck on the x’s and o’s, but this hire is about management. Every single report coming in seems to suggest Joseph has superior people management skills and will likely let the offense and defense do its thing.
Vance Joseph is considered a top notch talent evaluator and very honest guy by everyone he's worked with. #Broncos got a great person.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) January 11, 2017
Meaning he won’t be the kind of micro-manager that Gary Kubiak clearly was on the offensive side of the ball. With a strong offensive coordinator, that could mean a significant improvement in overall offensive efficiency.
We’ll just have to wait and see on that, so stay tuned, the 2017 offseason is going to be a very interesting time for this franchise. At least we can all begin focusing on that now.