ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Bengals defensive backs coach Vance Joseph became the second head-coaching candidate to interview with the Broncos this week.
Joseph met with Executive Vice President and General Manager John Elway on Friday, one day after the interview process began with Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase.
A product of the University of Colorado, where he played quarterback and running back from 1990-94 while earning a bachelor's degree in marketing, Joseph's coaching career began at CU in 1999 as a graduate assistant on Gary Barnett's staff. He coached in college at CU, Wyoming and Bowling Green before breaking into the pros as the assistant defensive backs coach for the San Francisco 49ers in 2005, under former Broncos assistant Mike Nolan.
Joseph spent six seasons on the 49ers staff before moving to the Houston Texans from 2011-13, where he worked under defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and head coach Gary Kubiak, both of whom have deep Broncos ties.
In 2014, Joseph joined the Bengals. The crowning achievement for his defensive backs came against Denver in Week 16, when Cincinnati intercepted four passes in defeating the Broncos 37-28.
In particular, safety Reggie Nelson and cornerback Dre' Kirkpatrick showed great anticipation, which they attributed to thorough preparation in the days before the game.