Give Marvin Lewis credit: The man knows coaching talent when he sees it.
The latest former assistant of Lewis' to become a head coach is Vance Joseph, who has been hired to lead the Denver Broncos. The deal is reportedly for four years, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Broncos gave HC Vance Joseph a 4-year deal, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 11, 2017
It's official.— John Elway (@johnelway) January 11, 2017
Excited to announce Vance Joseph as head coach of the Denver Broncos! pic.twitter.com/m87uUn9KXs
Joseph, who spent two season with the Cincinnati Bengals from 2014-15, replaces Gary Kubiak, who retired this offseason. 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.
It ended up working out pretty nice for all parties involved. Joseph remained with the Bengals and built up one of the league’s best secondaries last season before becoming the defensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins this year. He now gets to be a head coach in Denver just two years after the Bengals blocked him from leaving, so he ultimately got his wish and then some.
Over the 2015 offseason, Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick gave our own Rebecca Toback high praise regarding Joseph. "He pretty much helped me understand how to break down film so much better and more efficiently," Kirkpatrick said. "It helps in such a big way to learn better off-the-field studying, which makes the game easier on the field."
This now makes four NFL coaches in the NFL who were once on Marvin Lewis' staff: Mike Zimmer, Hue Jackson, Jay Gruden and Joseph. That's
Additionally, another former Bengals assistant is now becoming the next defensive coordinator of the Dolphins. Former Dolphins linebackers coach Matt Burke, who served in that role for the Bengals from 2014-15, is replacing Joseph as Miami’s defensive coordinator.
Cincinnati hired Burke in January 2014 as a linebackers coach, not long after Paul Guenther replaced Zimmer as the team's defensive coordinator. He would go on to help Vontaze Burfict, Rey Maualuga, Vincent Rey, and Emmanuel Lamur become one of the league’s better linebacker units during his time leading the unit.
I think it’s safe to say that losing Burke and Joseph last offseason was a bigger deal than we realized, given how fast they’ve been promoted since leaving Cincinnati. The defense was still good in 2016, but it definitely took a step back from the elite unit it was in 2015. The secondary also took a step back after being a formidable unit under Joseph’s watch.
The Bengals will play Joseph's Broncos in 2017.