(Colo)-Broncos Keeping Coach Vance Joseph
DENVER - (AP) - The Denver Broncos don’t know who will be their starting quarterback next year, but they do know their head coach and their opponents for the season.
Rookie coach Vance Joseph was on the hot seat after a 5-11 season with 10 losses in the last 12 games and 8 losses by double-digits, but GM John Elway tweeted Monday that he'd talked with Joseph in the morning about how to get better as a team and "We believe in Vance as our head coach. Together, we'll put in the work to improve in all areas and win in 2018."
Of the six head coaching vacancies last season, Joseph was widely believed to have inherited the best situation, taking over a team with a great defense coming off a 9-7 season, one year removed from a Super Bowl victory, but he posted the worst record of the 6.
As for next year's opponents, the Broncos’ loss Sunday to Kansas City solidified their 4th-place finish in the AFC West and ensured they will take on the 4th-place teams in the AFC East and AFC South
Denver will host the Houston Texans, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks while hitting the road to face the New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers.
Their two games (one home and one away) against their AFC West opponents — the Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers — will round out their schedule. Dates of all the games will be set a few months from now.
The Broncos also solidified their place at No. 5 in the first round of the 2018 draft. The 0-16 Browns have the 1st pick and then the 3-13 Giants.
The Colts and Texans both finished 4-12, but the 3rd pick went to the Colts while Houston's slot at #4 goes to Cleveland as part of last year's trade that let the Texans draft Deshaun Watson.
The Broncos were one of 4 teams to finish 5-11, but got the 5th pick followed by the Jets, Tampa Bay, and the Bears
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