Former Buff Vance Joseph Steps Up To Coach The Broncos

Photo: New Broncos Coach Vance Johnson (AP)
New Broncos coach Vance Joseph meets the press Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, at the team's headquarters in Englewood.

Vance Joseph, John Elway's pick as the new Denver Broncos coach, said Thursday he looked at the team as being in need of a "reboot, not a rebuild" when he was introduced Thursday as Gary Kubiak's successor.

Joseph, 44, scuttled interviews scheduled with the Chargers, Rams and 49ers about their head coaching vacancies after meeting with Denver GM Elway this week about the most desirable opening in the league.

Joseph said he's eager to step into the Broncos' championship culture, saying, "It's a football team that's not broken. It's a great job."

Joseph was a quarterback for CU in the 90s, an experience he said he remembered fondly.

“I’m a Buff. Everyone knows that. So I spent most of my young life in Colorado. I welcome the chance to come back to this great community. It raised me, it’s a great place to live, it’s a great place to raise a family. So I’m excited about that.”

The Broncos position is also a pressure cooker that's driven out the last two coaches with two years left on their contracts.

Kubiak cited health concerns in stepping down last week. He went 24-11, including a win in Super Bowl 50 that came a year after John Fox bolted to the rebuilding Bears following a 49-22 run in Denver.

Joseph spent fourteen years as a coach in the NFL, most recently as a defensive coordinator with Miami.

“To Broncos Country, I’m excited. Obviously the fan support here is awesome. I’ve been here as an opposing coach and it’s deafening. So to Bronco Country, I mean, you guys are a big part of what we do and so keep the support coming, keep the excitement coming and I promise you we’re gonna go to work," Joseph said.