Vance Joseph during his time as head coach of the Denver Broncos. (Photo: Robb Carr/Getty Images)
The Vance Joseph era has ended for the Denver Broncos.
According to multiple reports, the Broncos fired Joseph Monday morning after two seasons on the job.
His teams compiled a record of 11-21.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the Broncos have requested permission to talk with Patriots defensive coordinator Brian Flores about the opening.
The Broncos closed out the regular season on with a 23-9 loss on Sunday. After that game, Joseph told KOA NewsRadio Voice of the Broncos Dave Logan he expected to be back for a third season as coach.
"I do expect to be back," Joseph said. "Coaches get fired when they lose the culture and guys stop playing. That hasn't happened with our football team."
"I know I work for the Broncos and we have high expectations. We won five games the first year and six games the second year. That's not good enough. This is a great staff and we have good, young players. I think we're building something."
"We have to go back to the drawing board and figure out exactly where we are and move forward. I think we've done enough work here this year to come back the third year to try to finish it and make it right," Joseph said.
Continue to check back for more on this developing story.
Broncos President of Football Operations/GM John Elway talks with Voice of the Broncos Dave Logan on Monday, December 31 at UCHealth Training Center.
Broncos President of Football Operations/GM John Elway talks with reporters on Monday, December 31 at UCHealth Training Center.
Broncos President and CEO Joe Ellis talks with Voice of the Broncos Dave Logan on Monday, December 31 at UCHealth Training Center.
Broncos President and CEO Joe Ellis talks with reporters on Monday, December 31 at UCHealth Training Center.
Comments from Broncos quarterback Case Keenum on Monday, Dec. 31.
Comments from Broncos linebacker Von Miller on Monday, Dec. 31.
Comments from Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders on Monday, Dec. 31.
Comments from Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. on Monday, Dec. 31.
Comments from Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall on Monday, Dec. 31.
Comments from Broncos tackle Garett Bolles on Monday, Dec. 31.
Comments from Broncos safety Will Parks on Monday, Dec. 31.
Comments from Broncos linebacker Bradley Chubb on Monday, Dec. 31.
Comments from Broncos linebacker Todd Davis on Monday, Dec. 31.
Comments from Broncos tight end Matt LaCosse on Monday, Dec. 31.
BRONCOS RELIEVE HEAD COACH VANCE JOSEPH OF HIS DUTIES
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos have relieved Head Coach Vance Joseph of his duties, President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway announced on Monday.
Joseph was hired by the Broncos on Jan. 11, 2017, and the team had an 11-21 (.344) record in his two seasons as head coach.
Please see below for statements from Elway and Broncos President & CEO Joe Ellis, who will be available to the media starting at 12 p.m. MST in the auditorium of UCHealth Training Center.
PRESIDENT OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS/GENERAL MANAGER JOHN ELWAY
“I spoke with Vance this morning and thanked him for all of his hard work as our head coach. Although we decided to make this change, I believe Vance is a good football coach who has a bright future in this league.
“Vance made a lot of strides and deserves credit for how hard and competitively the team played this season. There’s always going to be a high standard here—The bottom line is we need to win more football games. We’re excited about the foundation that’s being built and look forward to putting in the work to get the Broncos back on the winning track.”
PRESIDENT & CEO JOE ELLIS
“Vance put his heart into coaching this team, and I appreciate the way he represented the Broncos with such professionalism. On behalf of our organization, I thank Vance, his wife Holly and their family for everything they did for our team and community.
“While we’ve made progress, we still have a lot more work to do and need to get better in all areas. In talking with John, I believe we’re headed in the right direction and am confident in him leading our coaching search. John has my full support in making whatever changes are necessary to improve our team.”
STATEMENT FROM VANCE JOSEPH
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Please see below for a statement from Vance Joseph:
“I want to thank John Elway, Joe Ellis and the organization for the opportunity to serve as the head coach of the Denver Broncos. It’s disappointing not being able to finish what we started, but I’m incredibly proud of the players and coaches for how they fought and worked every week. I also appreciate the support staffs who put in countless hours behind the scenes helping our team. This is a special place with great fans. Holly and I, along with our entire family, truly enjoyed being part of this community and wish the Broncos all the best.”
Coach Joseph spoke with KOA NewsRadio Voice of the Broncos Dave Logan after Sunday's 23-9 loss to the Chargers.