Broncos GM John Elway apparently has decided to replace coach Vance Joseph after this season, according to Pro Football Talk, which cited an unidentified NFL source.
This follows a report earlier this week that Elway considered firing Joseph after last season, when Denver finished 5-11 in Joseph’s first year. Elway reportedly talked to former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan about returning at that time, but team president Joe Ellis nixed that deal.
However, according to the Denver Post, an unidentified league source said “don’t expect Shanahan to be considered.” The report says Elway is under fire like never before in his tenure as GM, and if hiring Shanahan “is the best idea Elway has to resurrect the Broncos, he has run out of ideas.”
Still, expect Shanahan, who coached the Broncos to two Super Bowl victories in a 14-season run in Denver from 1995 through 2008, to feature prominently in Broncos coaching rumors in the days to come.
After back-to-back losses, the Broncos are 6-8, and Joseph is 11-19 in his two seasons. One more loss and Denver would have losing records in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1971-72.