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Broncos hire Vance Joseph as head coach

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The dominoes in the NFL head coaching market are starting to fall. After the Jacksonville Jaguars hired Doug Marrone earlier this week, the Denver Broncos announced today that they’ve hired Vance Joseph as their head coach.

Joseph is a fairly surprising hire and is still fairly young at 44. He was hired as the Miami Dolphins’ defensive coordinator last year, turning the Miami defense into a middle-of-the-road unit, after spending a decade as a defensive backs coach for the San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans and Cincinnati Bengals, in that order. Joseph replaces Gary Kubiak, who retired this month after finishing the season.

With the Broncos out of the head coaching search, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can breathe just a little more easily: one less suitor for defensive coordinator Mike Smith, who was reportedly one of the top candidates for the Jaguars and has interviewed with the San Diego Chargers as well.