On Wednesday, Elway backed up his words with the hiring of Vance Joseph as the Denver Broncos sixteenth head coach in the organization's history.

Joseph will be only the 18th African African permanent head coach in National Football League history.

Joseph replaces Kubiak after just two years on the job.

The Broncos are believed to be seeking a return of Mike McCoy, the former Chargers head coach who was recently fired, as Joseph's possible offensive coordinator. When the Texans cleaned house, Joseph landed in Cincinnati, also as DBs coach. Bill Musgrave, a former Broncos backup quarterback who was a prep star in Grand Junction, is a free agent after the Raiders let him go this week. They confirmed interviews with just three candidates: Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, Kansas City special teams coach Dave Toub and Joseph. Joseph's hire brings some uncertainty to Phillips' future with the Broncos given Joseph may want to call plays on defense.

Now fans have been anxious he would get snatched up by one of the head coaching jobs.

This season was his first as a coordinator.

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Vance Joseph is at Dove Valley now.

There have been reports that Joseph will promote defensive backs coach Joe Woods to defensive coordinator, but that's not official yet.

Joseph, 44, was a graduate assistant with the Buffaloes from 1999-2001 before leaving Colorado for a brief stint with the University of Wyoming as defensive backs coach. During his time in Indianapolis, he played in four games.

As an encore in 2016, Denver's defense wasn't almost as effective, primarily because it allowed more than 130 rushing yards a game to rank 28th in the league.

Another NFL head coaching gig reportedly is off the market.

The Broncos' new head coach also has ties to the old head coach. The Broncos struggled on offense during a 9-7 season, and the defending champions missed the postseason. In 2015, the Dolphins and Panthers were the only teams to intercept more passes (21) than touchdowns allowed (18).