There seemed to be little doubt around the league that Joseph was ready to be a head coach. McCoy coached the Broncos from 2009 to 2012.
Joseph is a former University of Colorado player and assistant coach - he was a former college teammate of Broncos' current director of player personnel Matt Russell, who was one of the Broncos' front-office executives to sit in on the team's interviews with Shanahan, Toub and Joseph. The Broncos have always been impressed with Joseph, having offered their defensive coordinator's position to him two years ago after discussing the head coaching position.
From 2011-13, Vance Joseph served as the Texans' defensive backs coach, under head coach Gary Kubiak and (in that final year) defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.
Oh that has Elway's fingerprints all over it.
Miami has some injuries on their defense this season as starting strong safety Reshad Jones, starting free safety Isa Abdul-Quddas, linebackers Koa Misi and Jelani Jenkins, cornerbacks Byron Maxwell and Xavien Howard all missed significate time due to injury.
Joseph's younger brother Terry is also a coach. It makes a lot of sense to bring him back and help fix an offense that was stuck in neutral last season.
The uncertain status of Phillips has drawn concern from the Broncos' fan base.
Joseph's hiring has raised some questions about who he will retain on his staff. With big-time defensive playmakers like Von Miller, Derek Wolfe, Aqib Talib, Chris Harris, and T.J. As a result, the Dolphins finished 29th in total defense, 18th in scoring defense. But it was still No. 1 in pass defense and ranked No. 4 in overall defense and No. 4 in points allowed. He was also a Colorado Buffaloes coach in two different stints. Denver originally tried to hire Joseph as their defensive coordinator in 2015, but the Bengals blocked the move in order to keep him as their defensive backs coach.
By The Numbers: The statistics were not kind in his first year as a coordinator. The Broncos balked saying they would revisit his deal after the 2016 season.
The Broncos are moving closer to naming Gary Kubiak's replacement. He would eventually earn that title with Miami in 2016. The rush to get the top coordinators may be pushing Denver to get Joseph instead of waiting for Shanahan.
And the Dolphins' early defensive woes in their playoff loss at Pittsburgh didn't help Joseph's cause as it reinforced how bad his unit was throughout the season. The Broncos have had their eyes on Joseph before, he interviewed with them two years ago. John Elway then announced the news on Twitter.
Joseph, 44, flew into Denver to interview at 11 a.m. Tuesday, and spent more than four hours at the team facility at Dove Valley, before going to dinner with GM John Elway and a couple of other decision-makers from the Broncos brain trust.
He logged six years with the San Francisco 49ers, a team he had scheduled to interview with for a head coaching position prior to accepting the Denver job, his longest tenure in any coaching position in his career.
A minority hire is unprecedented for the Broncos.