The Denver Broncos are on the cusp of recording back-to-back losing seasons for the first time in 46 years, and it's likely going to cost head coach Vance Joseph his job.
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, sources expect the Broncos to fire Joseph after this season. The Broncos sit at 6-8 and were essentially eliminated from playoff contention following Saturday's 17-16 home loss to the Cleveland Browns.
Many thought team president John Elway would fire Joseph after a pathetic 5-11 season in 2017, but he decided to give the 46-year-old a second chance. Unfortunately for Joseph, another dismal season in the Mile High City will likely seal his fate - and Elway will have to find his fourth head coach since 2014.
The former Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator holds an 11-19 record as the Broncos' head coach. He was hired to replace Gary Kubiak, who resigned after the 2016 season following health problems. Kubiak led the Broncos to a Super Bowl 50 championship in his first year and guided the team to a 9-7 record in 2016.
Denver's roster didn't see much change between the coaching change, which is why Joseph has been blamed for the team's struggles over the last two years. With a championship caliber defense and strong rushing game, the Broncos were expected to retain playoff contender status under Joseph, but they've become an afterthought in the AFC instead.
What This Means
The Broncos do have a promising core built around Von Miller and young studs Phillip Lindsay, Courtland Sutton and Bradley Chubb. Joseph just hasn't been able to get the most out of this roster, however, so the Broncos will need to find an experienced head coach that can maximize the production of this team.
Elway parted ways with John Fox after the 2014 season, and had Kubiak to take over as head coach for two years. Now, he'll have another difficult task of finding a fourth coach over a five-year span.