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Vance Joseph top candidate for Denver Broncos defensive coordinator vacancy

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Cincinnati Bengals defensive backs coach Vance Joseph could become the top candidate for the vacant defensive coordinator position if Gary Kubiak becomes the Broncos head coach.

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Even if Cincinnati Bengals defensive backs coach Vance Joseph isn't offered the vacant head coaching gig in Denver, there's a chance that Joseph could find another promotion as the defensive coordinator, writes NFL Insider Jason La Canfora with CBS Sports... provided that Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak takes the head coaching job that many suspect is his to lose.

Denver's previous defensive coordinator, Jack Del Rio, took the vacant head coaching position in Oakland this week.

Even if Joseph is in the running for defensive coordinator, the Denver Broncos would have to request permission from the Bengals to interview with him in regards for that position (not that they're totally asking relevant questions during his head coaching interview). They'd also have to let him out of his contract.

Joseph spent six seasons in San Francisco ('05-10) with the final five coaching defensive backs. He helped improve Houston's secondary when he joined the Texans from '11-13. Prior to his work in the NFL, Joseph played quarterback at Colorado (90-94), was a graduate assistant there (99-01) and then an assistant coach (2002-03). Home is a powerful motivator.

Cincinnati signed Joseph in mid-January last year.