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A lot of people think Vance Joseph is on his way out in Denver

Despite a vote of confidence after the recent two-game winning streak, there have been several murmurs recently that Vance Joseph is done.

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After the Denver Broncos snapped their eight-game losing streak with two consecutive wins the hot seat head coach Vance Joseph was sitting in seemed to get significantly cooler. Then the Broncos lost again last week and several members of the national media began suggesting he is again coaching for his job on the final week of the 2017 regular season.

At 5-10, it makes sense that his job wouldn’t be safe heading into Week 17.

Both national writers, Albert Breer and Mike Florio used similar language in their posts that a “bad loss” or if the Broncos aren’t “at least mildly competitive”, Joseph could face the unemployment line come Monday.

I’ve personally been a big proponent against firing Joseph after just a single season as head coach, but the more I reflect the more I see a player’s coach who has the respect of his player’s, yet does not invoke the kind of respect you would see from a more authoritarian coach. It’s a tough line to balance and going extreme in either direction will be bad for the team and, unfortunately, I think he is too far in the extreme away from the authoritarian side of the coaching spectrum to be successful in the NFL.

Maybe over time he could develop those skills as a leader, but that is unlikely to happen in Denver.

Maybe it is time for a head coaching change, despite my many other reservations when it comes to coaching carousels.

Now Joseph apparently has to put out a competitive team with Paxton Lynch at the helm. Given that, I would expect C.J. Anderson to get that 1,000 yard season and much, much more against the Kansas City Chiefs backups.

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