Denver Broncos

2nd AFC West (2-1-0)

Founded: 1960

Stadium: Sports Authority Field at Mile High

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  • Broncos' Miller: 'I killed the game' with that penalty

    Broncos linebacker Von Miller's unsportsmanlike conduct penalty offset a crucial stop late in Denver's loss to the Bills. "I can't put my team in a situation like that. I've brought us home 50 million times."
  • Bills defense shines in upset over Broncos

    Coming off last week's thrashing of the Cowboys, the Broncos (2-1) on Sunday ran into a brick wall against the frisky Bills (2-1). Here's what we learned from Buffalo's 26-16 win over Denver.
  • Broncos coach detected flaws in Koo's technique

    The Broncos fended off a furious comeback Monday night. Shelby Harris blocked a 44-yard field goal attempt off the foot of Chargers rookie kicker Younghoe Koo to escape with a win.
  • McManus, Broncos agree on 3-year extension

    The Denver Bronocs have reached an agreement with kicker Brandon McManus, John Elway announced. Per Ian Rapoport, McManus signed a three-year extension worth $11.254 million.
  • Broncos sign Jonathan Williams to practice squad

    Jonathan Williams found a new home a day after clearing waivers. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the former Bills running back signed with the Broncos' practice squad.
  • He's back: Osweiler gets 1-year deal with Broncos

    The Denver Broncos announced on Monday it has signed the free-agent quarterback Brock Osweiler to a one-year deal. Osweiler was released by the Cleveland Browns on Friday.
  • Broncos part ways with Pro Bowl safety T.J. Ward

    The Denver Broncos are going younger in the back end of their secondary and are parting ways with a veteran as a result. Denver is cutting safety T.J. Ward, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
  • Broncos QB Lynch (shoulder) to miss 'a few weeks'

    The Broncos will open their season without the help of Paxton Lynch. NFL Network's James Palmer reported Monday that Denver's backup QB will miss Thursday's preseason finale.
  • Broncos' rookie haircuts are as grisly as you'd think

    Rookies being given grisly haircuts by their teammates is a good football tradition. The Broncos spared no prisoners here, as rookies such as Jake Butt and De'Angelo Henderson were given new hairdos.
  • Siemian beats Lynch for Broncos' starting QB job

    Trevor Siemian was named the Denver Broncos' starting quarterback by coach Vance Joseph on Monday afternoon, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports.
  • Joseph on Lynch: With time he will be a good QB

    The Broncos named Trevor Siemian the starting QB. Head coach Vance Joseph said Paxton Lynch will be a talented signal-caller in time but believes Siemian the best fit for the team.
  • Joseph: Jamaal Charles to get his shot vs. Packers

    Jamaal Charles will get his shot to make the Denver Broncos' roster this weekend. Coach Vance Joseph said Monday that the running back will play "a lot" versus the Green Bay Packers on Saturday.
  • Siemian looks to be favorite to win Broncos job

    With Week 3 approaching, Denver's quarterback competition appears headed toward a final decision pretty soon. But whose job will it be? One QB appeared to take a big step on Saturday.
  • Broncos DE Derek Wolfe sprains ankle at practice

    Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe was carted from practice after suffering an ankle sprain Saturday, but the injury isn't expected to keep him out for a significant amount of time.
  • Broncos LB Ray still aims for early-season return

    Denver Broncos pass rusher Shane Ray tore a ligament in his hand in July. The third-year pro's recovery is going as planned and he's aiming to be back on the field as soon as possible.
  • Siemian: Things started 'clicking for me' recently

    Trevor Siemian has taken strides toward winning the Broncos' QB battle with more consistent play over the past few practices. He said getting more comfortable in OC Mike McCoy's system has been the key.
  • Osweiler emblematic of early NFL camp instability

    Brock Osweiler and Trevor Siemian were declared the starting QBs for their team's respective preseason openers. Are the QB battles over? Chris Wesseling recaps this and more from Monday's camp.
Draft 2017 more
Pick Player
Rd 1, Pick 20 (20) Bolles, Garett OT 
Rd 2, Pick 19 (51) Walker, DeMarcus DE 
Rd 3, Pick 18 (82) Henderson, Carlos WR 
Rd 3, Pick 37 (101) Langley, Brendan CB 
Rd 5, Pick 1 (145) Butt, Jake TE 
Rd 5, Pick 29 (172) McKenzie, Isaiah WR 
Rd 6, Pick 19 (203) Henderson, De'Angelo RB 
Rd 7, Pick 35 (253) Kelly, Chad QB 
Scoreboard more
New Era Field - Wk 3 1 2 3 4 T
Denver Broncos 3 10 3 0 16
Buffalo Bills 0 13 7 6 26
Schedule more
Wk Date Opponent Time
1 Mon, Sep 11 Los Angeles Chargers 24-21   W
2 Sun, Sep 17 Dallas 42-17   W
3 Sun, Sep 24 @ Buffalo 16-26   L
4 Sun, Oct 01 Oakland 4:25 PM ET
5 Bye
6 Sun, Oct 15 New York Giants 8:30 PM ET
7 Sun, Oct 22 @ Los Angeles Chargers 4:25 PM ET
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Injuries more
Player (Pos) Injury
Bradley Roby (CB) Full Pract - --
Garett Bolles (T) Q - Lower Leg
Darian Stewart (S) Full Pract - --
Jeff Heuerman (TE) Full Pract - --
Regular Season Leaders more
Passing Att Cmp Yds TDs
Trevor Siemian 100 63 709 6
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
C.J. Anderson 53 235 4.4 1
Jamaal Charles 28 142 5.1 1
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
Demaryius Thomas 17 236 13.9 0
Emmanuel Sanders 16 163 10.2 2
Bennie Fowler 8 84 10.5 2
Virgil Green 6 73 12.2 1
Transactions more
Date Transaction
9/19 Tyrique Jarrett (DT) Practice Squad (practice squad).
9/16 Tyrique Jarrett (DT) Waived, No Recall (waived, no recall).
9/16 Kyle Peko (NT) Free Agent Signing (free agent signing).
9/16 Kyle Peko (NT) Terminated (by Player) from Practice Squad (terminated (by player) from practice squad).
AFC West more
Team W L T Win %
Kansas City 3 0 0 1.000
Denver 2 1 0 .667
Oakland 2 1 0 .667
Los Angeles Chargers 0 3 0 .000

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Vance Joseph

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Vance Joseph enters his first season with the Denver Broncos after being named the 16th head coach in franchise history on Jan. 11, 2017. Joseph joined the Broncos after spending the 2016 season as defensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins.

Known for his outstanding leadership qualities and strong vision for success, Joseph, 44, has coached for 18 seasons at the pro and college levels following his two-year NFL playing career as a defensive back.

Joseph has spent more than a decade of his football life in the state of Colorado. In addition to competing with the Broncos as a defensive back during the 1997 preseason, Joseph played quarterback at the University of Colorado from 1990-94 and coached another five seasons at his alma mater from 1999-2003.

During his NFL career, Joseph has coached defensively for Miami (2016), Cincinnati (2014-15), Houston (2011-13) and San Francisco (2005-10). His teams have advanced to the postseason in five of the last six years while capturing three division titles during that span.

As defensive coordinator for Miami in 2016, Joseph oversaw a defense that played a key role in the Dolphins returning to the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons. Despite having to use 13 different starting lineups due to injury, Joseph's defense ranked fourth in the NFL on third down (36.2%) while forcing the sixth-most negative plays (107) in the league.

The Dolphins won nine of their final 11 regular-season games in 2016 with Joseph's defense accounting for the fourth-most takeaways (21) in the NFL during that stretch. The Dolphins' two Pro Bowl selections came on the defensive side with defensive linemen Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake each having resurgent seasons under Joseph.

Wake, a Comeback Player of the Year candidate, totaled a team-best 11.5 sacks to represent the 13th most in NFL history by a player 34 years of age or older.

Joseph spent the 2014-15 seasons as Cincinnati's defensive backs coach under Head Coach Marvin Lewis, guiding a unit that contributed to a league-best 41 interceptions during that span. The Bengals were the only team to post more interceptions than touchdowns allowed (36) during that two-year stretch while holding opposing quarterbacks to the lowest combined passer rating (77.4) in the NFL.

Two veteran members of the Bengals' secondary made their first career Pro Bowls in 2015—cornerback Adam Jones and safety Reggie Nelson—as Cincinnati tied a team record for regular-season wins (12) and finished first in the AFC North Division.

Joseph coached defensive backs for three seasons (2011-13) in Houston under Head Coach Gary Kubiak. The Texans won back-to-back AFC South Division crowns from 2011-12 and finished in the Top 7 in total defense in each of Joseph's three seasons with the club.

A bright spot during Houston's 2013 campaign was its third-ranked pass defense that yielded less than 200 yards per game (195.2) for the second time in team history and allowed the second-fewest passing first downs (158) in the league. Joseph also assumed defensive play-calling duties for the last three games of the season when Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips was named interim head coach.

In 2012, Houston led the NFL with 118 passes defensed and set a team record with three interception returns for touchdowns en route to a franchise-record 12 regular-season wins and a second consecutive division title. Cornerback Jonathan Joseph earned his second consecutive Pro Bowl selection after allowing just 52 receptions on 96 targets, and former first-round pick Kareem Jackson led the team with a career-best four interceptions and 17 passes defensed.

In Houston's 19-13 win against Cincinnati in the AFC Wild Card Round, Joseph's secondary recorded eight passes defensed and held Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton to 14-of-30 passing (46.7%) with one interception (44.7 rtg.).

Inheriting a Houston secondary that was part of the NFL's worst defensive unit in 2010, Joseph helped guide a drastic turnaround in 2011 that saw the Texans finish second in total defense (285.7 ypg). Houston's No. 3 pass defense (189.7 ypg) was first in the NFL in opponent completion percentage (51.9) while finishing second in the NFL in yards per attempt (6.2) and opponent passer rating (68.8).

Five different defensive backs posted multiple interceptions for the Texans in 2011, including Johnathan Joseph, who earned second-team Associated Press All-Pro honors and his first career Pro Bowl nod in his initial season with Houston.

The Texans earned the first division title and postseason berth in franchise history in 2011. Their historic season was punctuated with a three-interception effort against Dalton and the Bengals in a 31-10 AFC Wild Card win.

Joseph's first NFL coaching experience came with San Francisco, where he was hired as assistant defensive backs coach in 2005 before serving as defensive backs coach from 2006-10.

In Joseph's final season with the 49ers in 2010, he served as sole coach of the secondary with the departure of Johnnie Lynn. San Francisco ranked among the best red zone teams in the NFL, finishing second in yards per play (2.2) inside their own 20. The 49ers' secondary also accounted for two of the team's five non-offensive touchdowns by returning a pair of interceptions for scores.

San Francisco finished fourth in scoring defense (17.6 ppg) in 2009, holding opponents to 10 points or less in seven contests and holding five teams without a touchdown. Safety Dashon Goldson (4 INTs, 3 FF) had a hand in seven of the 49ers' 33 takeaways that represented the fifth most by an NFL team.

In 2008, the 49ers gave up the fewest 20+yard pass plays (41) in the NFC while ranking third in the conference in opponent red zone percentage (48.1). The pass defense improved steadily throughout the season and finished out the year allowing just 177.4 yards per game through the air over the last five games to rank third in the NFL during that span.

Joseph's secondary unit contributed to significant defensive upgrades across key statistical categories in 2007, improving 10 or more spots in scoring defense (22.8 ppg, 20th), opponent third-down percentage (40.2 pct., 19th) and opponent red zone percentage (47.2, 6th). Cornerback Nate Clements was selected as the co-winner of the 49ers' Bill Walsh Award as the team's MVP in his first year with the club after totaling a team-best four interceptions, 14 passes defensed and three forced fumbles.

In his first season as defensive backs coach in 2006, Joseph coached 11th-year cornerback Walt Harris to his first career Pro Bowl honor. Harris recorded eight of the team's 14 interceptions in addition to recording 63 tackles (52 solo) and 20 passes defensed.

Joseph entered the NFL coaching ranks as assistant defensive backs coach for the 49ers in 2005, following a season coaching the secondary at Bowling Green State University, where he helped the Falcons to a 9-3 record, a top-25 ranking and a victory in the GMAC Bowl.

He began his coaching career at CU under Head Coach Gary Barnett in December 1999 as a graduate assistant. He served in that capacity through the 2001 season that culminated with the Buffs' Big 12 Championship and Fiesta Bowl appearance.

Joseph accepted a position coaching defensive backs at the University of Wyoming during the Spring of 2002 before returning to CU in the same capacity beginning that fall. The youngest full-time coach at Colorado at the time of his hire, Joseph worked with CU's secondary for two seasons before moving on to Bowling Green.

A three-year letterwinner as a quarterback at CU from 1990-94, Joseph saw action in 30 games for the Buffs as a backup to All-Americans Darian Hagan and Kordell Stewart. Also a running back and special-teams standout for CU, he completed 34-of-61 passes (55.7%) for 454 yards with four touchdowns in addition to rushing 50 times for 237 yards (4.7 avg.) with one touchdown during his collegiate career.

After signing with the New York Jets as a college free agent in 1995, Joseph converted to cornerback and started 6-of-13 games played as a rookie, totaling 21 tackles (17 solo), two interceptions (39 yds.) and five passes defensed. He played four more games with Indianapolis in 1996 before competing with Denver during the 1997 preseason.

The Marrero, La., native starred at Archbishop Shaw High School, where he led his team to a 37-6 record in his three seasons as the starting quarterback and won Louisiana's 4A state championship as a sophomore. He garnered USA Today honorable-mention All-America honors as a senior and also lettered all four seasons in basketball.

Born on Sept. 20, 1972, Joseph and his wife, Holly, have a daughter, Nataly, and a son, Stone. Joseph’s older brother, Mickey, a former quarterback at the University of Nebraska (1988-91), is currently the running backs coach at Louisiana Tech University.

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Team Profiles

  1. Published: Sept. 24, 2017 at 02:34 p.m.

    Denver Broncos C.J. Anderson bursts through the line for 32 yards against the Buffalo Bills defense.

  2. Published: Sept. 24, 2017 at 02:05 p.m.

    Watch Jamaal Charles' first touchdown with the Denver Broncos.

  3. Published: Sept. 17, 2017 at 10:22 p.m.

    Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib intercepts a pass thrown by Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and returns it 103 yards for a touchdown.

  4. Published: Sept. 17, 2017 at 07:48 p.m.

    Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson continues his stellar day as he beats defenders to the pylon on a 23-yard touchdown.

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