Some of the Broncos' partners gathered Wednesday night to hear from Head Coach Vance Joseph, OC Mike McCoy, DC Joe Woods and STC Brock Olivo. (Photos: Aric DiLalla)
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Wednesday was busy for new Broncos Head Coach Vance Joseph and his coordinators.
Joseph and his staff took a break from prepping for the NFL Draft to engage with season-ticket members early in the day before interacting with some of the Broncos' business partners at the annual "A Night with the Coaches" in Pat Bowlen Fieldhouse.
Prior to a lengthy question-and-answer session hosted by the voice of the Broncos, Dave Logan, Joseph and Co. mingled with partners, talking about everything from football to family to the partners' initiatives for the 2017 season.
"[Meeting the new coaches] is extremely exciting," said John Roble, vice president of sales at Cigna. "There's a big opportunity in front of us to do bigger and better things than we ever have, and there's transformation ahead."
Once the Q&A began, the partners witnessed the coaching staff's candor as Joseph and his coordinators each answered the prompts with intelligence, ease and, most importantly, passion.
"You can tell they get along really well together," said Hassan Salem, president of U.S. Bank Colorado. "It's important to have a coaching staff that gels."
Jeff Ross, CEO of Ross Aviation, was one of those in the crowd, and he was clearly impressed with the Broncos' new on-field leadership.
"They were all sort of challenged and excited," Ross said. "They've come to a city that has a winning tradition. They don't want to fool around."
This annual event was the partners' first introduction to Vance Joseph, and he passed with flying colors.
"Vance was amazing," McDonald's Tom Carlson said. "He was, X's-and-O's-wise, the most down to earth. [He's] super smart and he got animated and excited about the game. He just seemed like he gets the game and understands it. … He didn't see us just as partners; he saw us as football fans and fans of the Broncos. … He just seemed very down to earth, certainly not pretentious or above himself which was awesome.
"It's critical to the partnership to say this guy is just one of us."
Above all else, the coaches showed the partners that just because there are new faces leading the Broncos, the standard remains the same. Joseph and his coordinators repeatedly emphasized they understood how high the expectations are for the new staff, and they're only concerned with one thing: winning.
"Winning makes it so much more fun, easier to engage and obviously to entertain clients," Salem said, "but also [it's important] to do it in the right way. The Broncos are a first-rate organization, very high-class organization, so it's always great to partner up with somebody who are not only winners but also do things the right way."
Added Carlson: "The Broncos are the Broncos. The same objective, the same goals, the same mindset, the same culture and the same infrastructure is here."