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Broncos hire Vance Joseph as new head coach

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Miami will have a change at defensive coordinator in 2017.

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The Denver Broncos have reached an agreement with former Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph to be the team’s new head coach, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. He adds Joseph and the Broncos agreed to a four-year contract.

Joseph spent one season with the Dolphins, being hired by head coach Adam Gase last offseason to be the team’s defensive coordinator. He moved to Miami from the Cincinnati Bengals, where he was the team’s defensive backs coach from 2014 to 2015. He has also worked as the defensive backs coach for the Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers.

Miami will now need to replace Joseph. The leading candidate appears to be Dolphins linebacker coach Matt Burke, who would provide some continuity to the defense, rather than trying to change schemes and systems after just one season. Head coach Adam Gase has not ruled out looking at other possible candidates for the vacancy outside the team, but the job is considered “Burke’s to lose,” as reported by Miami Herald reporter Armando Salguero.