Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph looks on during the season finale against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, December 31 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Photo: Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
The speculation ends. Vance Joseph is returning as the head coach of the Denver Broncos in 2018.
Joseph is coming back for a second season in spite of the Broncos' 5-11 record in 2017. It was their worst mark since going 4-12 in 2007.
After starting the year 3-1, the Broncos went 2-10 in their final 11 games and endured an eight-game losing streak, their longest since the late 1960s.
Broncos President of Football Operations/GM John Elway had a meeting with Joseph on Monday morning and informed the coach he would be back next year. Elway tweeted that they discussed their "plan to attack this offseason and get better as a team."
There will likely be changes to his coaching staff.
Check back for additional updates on this breaking story.
***UPDATED Jan. 1 at 5:40 p.m. MST - The Broncos have fired assistant defensive backs coach Johnnie Lynn.
***UPDATED Jan. 1 at 2:42 p.m. MST - The Broncos have fired OLB coach Fred Pagac.
***UPDATED Jan. 1 at 2:03 p.m. MST - The Broncos have fired assistant head coach/running backs coach Eric Studesville.
***UPDATED Jan. 1 at 1:44 p.m. MST - The Broncos have fired special teams coordinator Brock Olivo and wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert.
***UPDATED Jan. 1 at 1:25 p.m. MST - The Broncos have fired offensive line coach Jeff Davidson.
OLB coach Fred Pagac has been fired, per sources. Broncos just didn't get much edge pass rush this year without DeMarcus Ware. Shane Ray only 1 sack with injured wrist. Even Von Miller limited to 10 sacks. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) January 1, 2018
Broncos assistant head coach/running backs Eric Studesville was informed he will be let go.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) January 1, 2018
Special teams coordinator Bock Olivo has been fired, per source. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) January 1, 2018
Tough news. Tyke Tolbert, Broncos' WR coach since Tebow year of 2011, has been let go. "I've been very blessed for me and my family for being here 7 years. Great organization. I know this is part of business. Want to thank Bronco fans and players for 7 great years. '' #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) January 1, 2018
I'm told Jeff Davidson is out as the Broncos' offensive line coach.https://t.co/LeK2iANgUP— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) January 1, 2018
Vance and I had a great talk this morning about our plan to attack this offseason and get better as a team. We believe in Vance as our head coach. Together, we'll put in the work to improve in all areas and win in 2018.— John Elway (@johnelway) January 1, 2018
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
With Vance Joseph retained look for significant changes to his assistant coaching staff as soon as today. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) January 1, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMONDAY, JAN. 1, 2018
BRONCOS PART WAYS WITH SIX ASSISTANT COACHES
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos have relieved six assistant coaches of their duties, it was announced on Monday.
The team has parted ways with the following assistant coaches:
Jeff Davidson Offensive Line
Johnnie Lynn Assistant Defensive Backs
Brock Olivo Special Teams Coordinator
Fred Pagac Outside Linebackers
Eric Studesville Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs
Tyke Tolbert Wide Receivers