SOURCE: Vance Joseph to be fired after only one season as Broncos head coach

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On the heels of a disastrous 5-11 season, the Denver Broncos have reportedly decided to fire head coach Vance Joseph after only one season, according to Benjamin Allbright and former Bears scouting director Greg Gabriel. ESPN’s Adam Schefter suggested earlier in the day Sunday that Joseph faced “increasingly long odds” of being retained.

A season that looked promising before the Broncos’ early-season bye week, their 3-1 record evaporated after an eight-game losing streak triggered the firing of offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. The Broncos have one of the worst quarterback situations in the NFL, and eventually, their defense became fed up with being placed in near-impossible positions and began to discuss it openly as the season slowly dragged through December towards its end.

General manager John Elway, who hired Joseph, the fired-McCoy, and first-year coordinators Joe Woods and Brock Olivo, will now have to be forced to consider the entire coaching staff’s status in the wake of this decision. Elway, after moving on from Joseph, will have to begin his fourth coaching search in seven seasons.

Joseph was the sixteenth head coach in franchise history and — not including interim head coaches — Joseph’s tenure would be the second-shortest in franchise history, only behind Ray Malavasi’s 12 games coached in 1966.

After the Broncos 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Joseph took to the podium and addressed the reports, saying he will speak to general manager John Elway ‘tonight or tomorrow’ regarding his future.

Reports from 9News’ Mike Klis indicate that Elway has not made his decision yet, and that he will ‘sleep on it,’ and meet with Joseph on Monday.

Pro Football Talk echoed those sentiments later in the evening.

It was also reported by Klis that the Broncos’ brass will stay in Denver overnight, into tomorrow and will not attend the Rose Bowl, a game which will feature potential first-round draft pick and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, Baker Mayfield.

In the event a head coaching search were to begin, the Broncos may have a list that could include some assistant coaches such as Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richards, Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich, college head coach David Shaw from Stanford, as well as any potential candidates who will be fired this weekend from the very teams they coached on Sunday.