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Broncos hire Vance Joseph as head coach

Broncos hire Vance Joseph as head coach
Vance Joseph at a news conference on Jan. 8, 2016. (Lynne Sladky / Associated Press)

A runner-up two years ago, Vance Joseph is John Elway's pick this time around.

“It's official. Excited to announce Vance Joseph as head coach of the Denver Broncos!” Elway tweeted early Wednesday afternoon.

Joseph impressed Elway in 2015 when Gary Kubiak got the job. He was on Elway's shortlist when Kubiak, 55, stepped down last week over health concerns after Denver (9-7) missed the playoffs a year after winning Super Bowl 50.

Joseph, the 44-year-old ex-Colorado quarterback, spent last season as the Miami Dolphins' defensive coordinator after building a reputation as one of the league's top secondary coaches.

After interviewing Tuesday, Joseph returned to Broncos headquarters Wednesday after canceling plans to fly to California to interview with the Chargers, 49ers and Rams.

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