When Joseph's interview at Broncos headquarters finished, it was assumed he would head out of town and get to his next destination, but that hasn't been the case.
And from that point on, the momentum with Joseph only grew - even as his injury-plagued unit had a disappointing finish to the season, capped with Sunday's wild-card loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
And then there were three, specifically, three open National Football League head coaching jobs as the Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills landed their men Tuesday. Joseph reportedly reached out to former Chargers coach Mike McCoy to fill that role. Kubiak guided the Broncos to the Super Bowl 50 championship in the 2015 season.
When most awoke Wednesday, they saw various tweets saying Joseph was on his way to interview with the San Diego Chargers - from Adam Schefter, Jeff Legwold and Benjamin Allbright. The first and second were Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Dave Toub and Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. He interviewed with GM John Elway on Tuesday, and then had dinner at Elway's restaurant that night before staying in Denver overnight. We can infer a few things based on what other teams are doing.
Shanahan had interviews with officials from Denver, Jacksonville and San Francisco about their head coach openings last Friday and Saturday.
Sources within the team said if Joseph could answer how he would fix the Broncos' offense, he would edge Shanahan for the job.
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He has more big ties to the Pac-12, having played linebacker at OR and serving as Cal's linebackers coach from 2003-05. The Golden Bears were 5-7 this season, 3-6 in the Pac-12.
Joseph played for the Colorado Buffaloes in college, and briefly for the Jets and Colts. The area in which Joseph displays his expertise, the Dolphins' secondary allowed 242.2 passing yards per game in 2016-2017. He accounted for 21 touchdowns as a junior but was injured for much of his senior season.
Elway said throughout he was looking for a "young" and "bright" coach for the job.
Two years ago, the Cincinnati Bengals allegedly blocked Vance Joseph from leaving to become the Broncos defensive coordinator. Joseph worked under Phillips from 2011 to "13 with the Houston Texans".
Now, with Kubiak stepping away from his post and Phillips's contract up, Joseph has been named the Broncos' coach.
"His leadership qualities will make him a good head coach". That said, he does not have a lot of experience working as a coordinator.
The Bills' hire officially closes the book on any silly consideration for interim head coach Anthony Lynn. He knows how to talk to you.