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Vance Joseph 2019 Headshot

Vance Joseph

Defensive Coordinator

College: Colorado

Hometown: Marrero, LA

Experience: 15 years



  • Hired as Cardinals defensive coordinator on 1/11/19 after spending the previous two seasons (2017-18) as the head coach of the Denver Broncos.
  • Joseph has 12 years of coaching experience on the defensive side of the ball in the NFL, including as defensive coordinator with Miami in 2016.
  • In Joseph's initial season with the Broncos in 2017, Denver had the NFL's #3 ranked defense and joined Minnesota as the only teams in the NFL that season to rank in the top-five in both run defense and pass defense. The Broncos ranked #5 in run defense in '17 after finishing the previous year ranked #28 in that category.
  • In 2018, the Broncos defense ranked in the top-10 in the NFL in INTs (17), takeaways (28) and sacks (44). Rookie LB Bradley Chubb – Denver's first-round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft – led all NFL rookies with 12.0 sacks last season. Pro Bowl LB Von Miller had 14.5 sacks, tied for fourth in the NFL last season. Denver was one of three teams (Seattle, Kansas City) to have two players record double digit sacks in 2018.
  • Joseph's teams have ranked in the top-10 in INTs in four of the past five seasons.
  • Four different defensive backs earned a combined five Pro Bowl selections – Johnathan Joseph (2), Reggie Nelson (1), Adam Jones (1) and Walt Harris (1) – during Joseph's time coaching defensive backs in Cincinnati, Houston and San Francisco.