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?
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.