NFL Rumors: Vance Joseph to Be Let Out of Cardinals Contract; Broncos, Eagles Linked

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVFebruary 16, 2023

CLEVELAND, OHIO - OCTOBER 17: Acting head coach defensive coordinator Vance Joseph of the Arizona Cardinals looks on during the third quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 17, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images)
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The Arizona Cardinals reportedly told defensive coordinator Vance Joseph they plan to "release" him on Thursday, per CBS Sports' Josina Anderson.

Anderson previously reported that both the Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagles were interested in Joseph for their defensive coordinator vacancies:

JosinaAnderson @JosinaAnderson

Meanwhile, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Cardinals?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Cardinals</a> DC Vance Joseph not only has an interview request from the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Broncos?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Broncos</a> for the same role (as <a href="https://twitter.com/mikeklis?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@mikeklis</a> reported), I'm told the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Eagles?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Eagles</a> have interest in speaking with Joseph as well &amp; are expected to request an interview, pending his meetings today, per source.

Per multiple reports, Joseph is expected to head to Denver for an interview on Friday:

JosinaAnderson @JosinaAnderson

The current expectation is that Vance Joseph is flying out to Denver tonight, per source. <br><br>There's still a wait for the receipt of the official itinerary on the night flight. Either way, things are moving fast &amp; are expected to culminate in a meeting tomorrow as <a href="https://twitter.com/mikeklis?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@mikeklis</a> notes. <a href="https://t.co/ZzJaP0uMyB">https://t.co/ZzJaP0uMyB</a>

He'll certainly bring plenty of experience to his next gig.

Joseph, 50, has held multiple NFL jobs over the past two decades, including as an assistant defensive backs and defensive backs coach for the San Francisco 49ers (2005-10), a defensive backs coach for the Houston Texans (2011-13), a defensive backs coach for the Cincinnati Bengals (2014-15), the defensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins (2016), the head coach of the Broncos (2017-18) and the defensive coordinator for the Cardinals (2019-22).

Joseph went 11-21 in two seasons as Denver's head coach.

His defenses have had mixed success, finishing top-10 in yards allowed just once and never posting a top-10 finish in points allowed.

New Cardinals head coach Jonathan Gannon—previously the defensive coordinator for the Eagles—had told reporters he would meet with Joseph to see if their defensive philosophies could coexist:

Josh Weinfuss @joshweinfuss

New Cardinals coach Jonathan Gannon said he'll talk with Vance Joseph today and if Joseph's vision for the defensive "blends with mine, we'll go from there," Gannon said.<br><br>Joseph is still under contract with the Cardinals.

Jeff McLane @Jeff_McLane

Cardinals blitzed at the second-highest rate in the NFL. If Joseph is indeed on the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Eagles?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Eagles</a>' radar, an interview would suggest they want a more aggressive defense. <a href="https://t.co/yhO7eux5Jn">https://t.co/yhO7eux5Jn</a>

It would appear that Gannon—whose defenses in Philadelphia were more predicated on generating pressure with the front four than relying on the blitz—decided the two men were too far apart philosophically to make things work.

But it sounds as though Joseph may not be without a new home for long, with both his former team and Gannon's former team circling.