Vance Joseph to return as Broncos head coach in 2018

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Vance Joseph will be back as the Denver Broncos' head coach for the 2018 season, as announced by John Elway on Monday morning.

"Vance and I had a great talk this morning about our plan to attack this offseason and get better as a team," Elway said on Twitter. "We believe in Vance as our head coach. Together, we'll put in the work to improve in all areas and win in 2018."

The announcement from Elway came one day following a report that Joseph was facing increasingly longer odds to be retained as Denver's coach moving into the offseason. Just hours after the reports surfaced, the Broncos fell to the Kansas City Chiefs 27-24 to end their season with a 5-11 record—the worst record they've had in Elway's tenure as general manager.

Elway decided to sleep on whether or not to retain Joseph Sunday night and came back Monday morning with the intention of allowing the rookie head coach to get at least one more year on the job.

Following the game—and on Monday morning during locker clean out—players voiced their strongest support for their head coach, urging the organization to bring him back for his second season.

By bringing Joseph back, the organization provides some level of continuity as they avoid searching for a head coach for a second-straight offseason and the third time in four years.

In Joseph's first year with the Broncos, he saw early success—winning three of his first four games—before dropping a franchise-tying record eight-straight games. The team bounced back to finish the final four games with a 2-2 record.

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