Vance Joseph to stay as Broncos coach; 6 assistant coaches cut

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Vance Joseph will return for a second season as coach of the Broncos despite going 5-11 and finishing last in the AFC West, general manager John Elway announced Monday morning.

The organization later announced six assistant coaches will not return for the 2018 season.

"Vance and I had a great talk this morning about our plan to attack this offseason and get better as a team," Elway wrote on Twitter.

"We believe in Vance as our head coach. Together, we'll put in the work to improve in all areas and win in 2018.

"To all our fans: Thank you for your tremendous support and sticking with us through a tough year. This wasn't the season anyone expected, but we'll learn from it and be better because of it. Our 2018 season starts today."

The Broncos lost their regular-season finale on Sunday to the Kansas City Chiefs, 27-24, to cap a 5-11 season, just two years after the franchise won Super Bowl 50 and its third championship.

“I want to be here," Joseph said after Sunday's loss. "It’s a football team that’s close. We have to make some adjustments in some places, but our football team all year has not stopped working. ... I want to be here to fix it.”

Joseph was hired last year to replace Gary Kubiak, who stepped down for health reasons.

After going 4-0 in the preseason and starting the regular season 3-1, the Broncos lost eight consecutive games, their longest losing streak in 50 years.

That led to the firing of offensive coordinator Mike McCoy in the middle of the season.

While Joseph will stay at the helm, six assistant coaches were fired Monday.

The cuts included Jeff Davidson (offensive line), Johnnie Lynn (assistant defensive backs), Brock Olivo (special teams coordinator), Fred Pagac (outside linebackers), Eric Studesville (assistant head coach/running backs) and Tyke Tolbert (wide receivers).

Eight of the Broncos' 11 losses were by 10 or more points this season, including their first shutout loss in 25 years, and they went 1-7 on the road.

The Broncos were also haunted by inconsistent quarterback play among Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch.

They also had 34 turnovers, the second-most in the league this season behind the winless Cleveland Browns (41).

Dumping Joseph would have meant a fourth coaching change in only five years. He has three years remaining on his contract.

The Broncos hold the No. 5 overall pick in the draft in April.

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