The Way We Hear it: Why Vance Joseph was such a popular head coaching candidate

By HUB ARKUSH – harkush@profootballweekly.com
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Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, right, watches players during practice at the team's NFL football training facility, Monday, June 6, 2016, in Davie, Fla. As Joseph began to evaluate the Dolphinsí front four, linebackers and secondary in offseason drills, he felt a little uncomfortable with his own position. The first-time defensive coordinator was unsure about how to situate himself or spend his time. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, right, watches players during practice at the team's NFL football training facility, Monday, June 6, 2016, in Davie, Fla. As Joseph began to evaluate the Dolphinsí front four, linebackers and secondary in offseason drills, he felt a little uncomfortable with his own position. The first-time defensive coordinator was unsure about how to situate himself or spend his time. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) — Alan Diaz

Many knowledgeable NFL fans had never heard of Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph until he became the most sought after head coaching prospect in the NFL following the Dolphins' loss to the Steelers in the wild-card round.

Joseph was invited to interview for all five open head coaching jobs immediately after the loss to Pittsburgh, and his first was in Denver, where he interviewed with John Elway two years ago before Gary Kubiak was hired. On Wednesday, Joseph was hired by the Broncos.

What is so special about a coach who’d never coached anything but defensive backs until coordinating Miami’s defense in 2016, a unit that was 29th in total defense, 30th against the run and 18th in points allowed?

According to our sources, in addition to being a solid X's and O’s guy, Joseph is one of the best communicators in the NFL. That is why his stock is through the roof right now.

Joseph has been reported to be the frontrunner in Denver, where he was hired officially on Wednesday.

In many cases, the key to getting an NFL job has little to do with coaching ability and everything to do with how you sell yourself in the interview process. We’re told Joseph is smooth as silk.

The other huge asset Joseph had is, with the Dolphins loss, he was available. Other top candidates, including Josh McDaniels, Matt Patricia, Kyle Shanahan, Dave Toub and Todd Haley, are bound to their current teams for at least one more week and possibly as many as four.

We’re not suggesting Joseph isn’t a great coach – we hear he is. But it really helps that NFL owners don’t like to wait.

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