It’s been a rollercoaster year for second-year Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph. After going 5-11 in his first year as the team’s head man, Joseph started 2018 2-0 with wins over the Seahawks and Raiders, but things went downhill quickly from there. Over the next seven weeks, the Broncos lost six games, with their only win coming over the lowly Arizona Cardinals.

If you had asked anyone then—as the Broncos sat at 3-6—if Vance Joseph would be back in 2019, you can almost bet you would have seen a unanimous “no.”

But after the team’s bye week, it looked as if Joseph had begun to turn things around. The Broncos rattled off three consecutive victories against the Chargers, Steelers and Bengals, bringing their record back to .500 and sparking legitimate playoff talk in Denver.

If you had asked if Joseph would be back in 2019 then, you can be certain you would have seen plenty of “yes” answers.

Then, Sunday happened, and the Broncos three-game winning streak was snapped by the 2-10, third-string-quarterback-led San Francisco 49ers in embarrassing fashion. In turn, the team’s playoff chances went from just under 20 percent to less than five percent with just three weeks to go.

Unsure of what the pulse would be about Joseph’s future with the team after the latest development, we spent the last couple days compiling an anonymous poll of 25 local and national NFL media members. Below are the results of the poll.

Will Vance Joseph be the Broncos’ head coach in 2019?

Yes: 4

No: 19

Undecided: 2

So there you have it, 76 percent of those polled believe the Broncos will be looking for a new head coach this offseason, while just 16 percent believe Joseph will be back.

Of course, there are only two opinions that matter when all is said and done, and those are the opinions of President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway as well as President and CEO Joe Ellis, but these results are interesting none the less.

As we’ve seen throughout the season, these things are pretty fluid, and a lot could change between now and “Black Monday,” when so many coaching decisions are made, but as it stands on Dec. 12 in Week 15, this is the general pulse.

Ryan Koenigsberg
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Ryan D. Koenigsberg, was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, and is the Vice President of Content Strategy and co-founder of BSN Denver. Ryan also covers and travels with the Denver Broncos. Education: Graduated from the University of Colorado in 2015 with a degree in both Broadcast Journalism and Communication. Career: I got my start in Journalism in 2011 with an internship covering University of Colorado athletics for a website called BuffScoop.com, a branch of the 247Sports Network. Less than one year after accepting that position, I was promoted to the lead writer of the site. After another year at BuffScoop, I was hired to a staff position covering the Buffaloes for Buffstampede.com, the CU site for the Rivals.com network. Two years later, shortly before officially graduating from CU, I was approached by a dude named Brandon Spano who was planning to revolutionize the way sports were covered in our great state. I accepted a position on the ground floor of BSN Denver that, at the time, centered—once again—around covering the Buffaloes. After another year on the Buffs beat that resulted in winning the inaugural BSN Denver Silver Slugger award—given to the writer whose stories generated the most traffic—I was promoted to the Broncos beat. In my time at BSN, I’ve had the pleasure of covering a Super Bowl, a Pac-12 Championship, a bowl game, multiple games in the NCAA Tournament and so much more. Somewhere along the way, I earned that fancy title you see at the top of all this. Most memorable sports moment: Nov. 23, 2001: Behind SIX Chris Brown rushing touchdowns, the No. 14 Colorado Buffaloes trounce the No. 2 Nebraska Cornhuskers by a count of 62-36. It was the day I fell in love with college football for good. So much so that I haven’t missed a single Buffs’ home game since. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: I don’t know about finest, but when I was in elementary school, I read every single Matt Christopher book in our school library. It was the best way to not stray away from sports while still filling those pesky reading logs. One sports movie that I can’t live without: When I was a kid, I didn’t have cable in my room but I did have a TV with a VCR. Thing is, I only had a few movies on VCR and I needed to have the TV on to fall asleep. Well, eventually I came around to the fact that the best movie I had was “Cool Runnings,” so I feel asleep to the Jamaican Bobsled team every night for years. You need sleep to live and I couldn’t sleep without “Cool Runnings” SO I guess that’s the one I can’t live without. Most memorable experience as a reporter: Pretty hard to beat the week leading up  to Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco. To be at the center of the sports world with not only the greatest athletes but also the greatest sports journalists in the world all around was a truly special experience. Between wake up calls at 4:45 am to catch the media shuttle to the Broncos hotel by 6, the 14-hour work days and the regrettable post-work festivities, I calculated that I got about 20 hours of sleep over an eight-day period… and I wouldn’t have traded one minute of it all. That was awesome. The sport that started it all: It’s hard to pinpoint one sport that truly “started it all” for me. When I was a kid, I remember people used to always ask me what my favorite sport was, and I would always answer the same thing, “Whatever sport is in season.” As long as I can remember, my life has always revolved directly around sports, from playing to watching to writing. It’s not a sport that started it all, it sports that started it all.