Vance Joseph has officially been hired to replace the retired Gary Kubiak, Broncos football czar John Elway announced Wednesday. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Joseph signed a four-year deal.
Spending the past season as defensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins, Joseph staged his first interview with the club on Tuesday before returning for a second meeting on Wednesday with Elway. This time around, Joseph stayed.
"He has great leadership qualities and a strong vision of what it takes to win," Elway tweeted of Joseph on Tuesday.
"Going against him over the last few years, he was probably the one guy that would drive me nuts," Gase said of Joseph, per DenverBroncos.com. "I know he gave us tons of fits when we played him when we were in Houston. And then two years ago when he was in Cincinnati and we were in Denver, it was a tough matchup. I think his DBs picked us off four times.
"His knowledge of defense and what he brings to the table and his ability to really go after an offense, as far as really teaching his guys what's going on, it's very impressive."
Miami's defense struggled under Joseph down the stretch -- and collapsed Sunday against the Steelers -- but that failed to shake Denver's intense interest in the respected 44-year-old coach. Elway conducts his searches carefully and certainly leaned on Kubiak and Gase, a former Broncos play-caller, for insight into Joseph's potential.
"This is not a rebuilding situation; it's a reboot," Joseph said in a news release. "There is a culture of winning here, and the standards around here won't change."
Joseph must also gather the right offensive assistants to groom two young quarterbacks -- Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch -- who will battle all spring and summer for the team's No. 1 spot under center. Rapoport was told that recently fired Chargers coach Mike McCoy, who used to call plays for the Broncos, has emerged as a strong candidate for the role of offensive coordinator.
Elway had plenty of quality candidates to choose from. After what he's pulled off during his tenure in Denver, the quarterback-turned-front-office-guru has earned our trust. This is Joseph's team now.