Report: Broncos closing in on deal to make Vance Joseph new coach

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos are nearing a deal to make Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph their next coach, ESPN reported Wednesday.

Joseph, a former University of Colorado quarterback, interviewed with the team on Tuesday and was scheduled to fly to California for interviews with other teams on Wednesday. Instead, he returned to the team’s Dove Valley headquarters.

ESPN’s Josina Anderson, citing a source, said Joseph and the Broncos are still working on numbers.

After a four-hour interview and dinner with team officials at Elway’s steakhouse in Cherry Creek, Broncos general manager John Elway, who is heading the search, said on Twitter that Joseph has “great leadership qualities and a strong vision of what it takes to win.”

Joseph would replace Gary Kubiak, who retired after the season because of health reasons after the Broncos went 9-7 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2010. Kubiak guided the Broncos to the Super Bowl 50 championship in the 2015 season.

Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the son of former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, and Kansas City Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub interviewed with the team last week.

He played two years in the NFL as a defensive back. He also has coached at CU, Wyoming and Bowling Green, as well as the Cincinnati Bengals and Dolphins.

Joseph, who interviewed for the job two years ago when Kubiak was hired, would become 16th coach — and first minority — in franchise history.

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