John Elway reportedly wanted Vance Joseph gone after one season as Denver Broncos head coach, but gave him a second chance.
When the second season didn’t go any better, there was no chance he’d get a third shot. The Broncos fired Joseph, who had been on the hot seat for more than a year. The news was reported Monday morning by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Joseph finished 5-11 his first season and 6-10 his second. It’s the first time since 1972 the Broncos had back-to-back losing seasons.
Joseph was put in a tough spot. He replaced Gary Kubiak, who had won a Super Bowl just two seasons before. Expectations were unrealistically high. His quarterback situation in a post-Peyton Manning world for the Broncos wasn’t great, spending his first season juggling Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch and Brock Osweiler, then getting steady but unspectacular Case Keenum in 2018. The roster around the quarterback position had holes thanks to poor drafts by Elway. But Joseph didn’t help himself.