Vance Joseph is getting another year in Denver.
Broncos general manager John Elway met with Joseph on Monday and informed him he would be retained for the 2018 season.
The Broncos fell to 5-11 on the year with Sunday’s 27-24 loss to the Chiefs.
Joseph was hired last January after Gary Kubiak retired because of health concerns. After Kubiak’s surprise announcement, the Broncos signed Joseph to a four-year contract on Jan. 11. Joseph was the Dolphins defensive coordinator in 2016 and was the Bengals secondary coach the two preceding seasons. Denver offered Joseph his first opportunity to be a head coach, but the Broncos were never settled at quarterback and dealt with a litany of injuries.
The quarterback issues began in the preseason when Paxton Lynch sprained his right shoulder and missed the first nine weeks of the season. Trevor Siemian struggled at quarterback and when Lynch was ready to return, he then sprained his ankle. Lynch did start Sunday’s home loss to the Chiefs, going 21 of 31 for 254 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
While rumors circulated that Joseph would be fired after one season, Broncos players voiced their support of Joseph following Sunday’s game. Elway clearly listened and tweeted Monday that he and the Broncos believe in Joseph as the team’s coach.
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.
— John Elway (@johnelway) January 1, 2018