By HCR Staff | Aug. 23, 2018
Between now and the start of the 2018 season, Head Coach Ranking will provide a scouting report on all 32 NFL head coaches. Today, we’ll take a look at Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph.
Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph simply had a very difficult year as a rookie head coach. There were times that the role appear too big for him, and by year’s end, his job was in jeopardy even though it was only one year into his tenure.
Joseph simply has much to improve on with respect to his in-game decision-making. Every area that HCR evaluates needs significant improvement. Joseph did start to show some progress late in the year, but he may not have the luxury of any more time beyond 2018.
Joseph did draw some bad luck with certain personnel choices by general manager John Elway, and perhaps he could be helped by more input from him on these choices. However, he’s going to have to have more success before he’ll be given more latitude.
Joseph is back but the 2018 Broncos coaching staff has undergone some significant changes. Last season, Joseph chose a rookie defensive coordinator in Joe Woods, and Woods should benefit greatly from having one season of experience. This season, Joseph will have a new offensive coordinator in Bill Musgrave. He will also break in a new strength and conditioning coach in Loren Landow. Coaching the coaches is a critical skill for any head coach, so we’ll be watching to see how this Broncos staff meshes.
Broncos management and fans have high expectations for their team every year. Unfortunately for Joseph, he could be coaching for his job in 2018. He has four head-to-head divisional matchups against experienced and successful head coaches in Jon Gruden and Andy Reid. On paper, it appears that Joseph is at a disadvantage, but perhaps Joseph has grown much more than any of us know this offseason, and the Broncos do still have a very talented roster. If Joseph has indeed improved as an in-game decision-maker, his improvement should show up in the early-season games. We’ll be watching closely for signs of progress.
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Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks
Sean McVay, Los Angeles Rams
Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco 49ers
Steve Wilks, Arizona Cardinals
Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers
Mike Zimmer, Minnesota Vikings
Matt Patricia, Detroit Lions
Matt Nagy, Chicago Bears
Dirk Koetter, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints
Dan Quinn, Atlanta Falcons
Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers
Jay Gruden, Washington Redskins
Pat Shurmr, New York Giants
Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys
Doug Pederson, Philadelphia Eagles
Jon Gruden, Oakland Raiders