Miami Dolphins DC Vance Joseph pushes head coach openings aside

Vance Joseph is a candidate for several head coach openings. (AP)

Vance Joseph is a candidate for several head coach openings. (AP)

DAVIE–The NFL has six openings for head coaches and possibly more coming, and Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph has been linked to five of them.

Joseph is likely to begin interviewing for those jobs shortly after the season ends. Miami plays its first-round game at Pittsburgh on Sunday and would extend its season another week if it advances.

“It’s flattering when teams have interest in you, but I have one focus this week,” Joseph said this morning. “My sole focus is Pittsburgh.

“Would I like to be (a head coach)? Absolutely. But right now I’m focused on Pittsburgh. I haven’t spent one moment on the future. The future for me is Sunday at 1.”

The Bills, Broncos, Jaguars, Chargers, 49ers and Rams need a new coach, and media reports have Joseph as a potential target for all of those but Jacksonville. He has no interviews scheduled and league rules bar him from talking to teams while Miami is playing.

Specifically regarding Denver, which interviewed Joseph two years ago for the same opening, he said there has been no conversation with that or any other organization.

Here are some other notes from Joseph’s weekly media briefing:

— At cornerback, Joseph says Byron Maxwell (ankle) is day-to-day and “rehabbing hard and wants to be out there,” but the Dolphins don’t know if they’ll have him.

— The Dolphins will play left corner and right corner against the Steelers, rather than have one man track a receiver all day.

— Joseph on Cameron Wake making his playoff debut: “He’s excited. He’s a natural underdog, so this team being an underdog is good for him. I’m expecting big things from Cam.”

— Regarding the Steelers’ offense, Joseph prioritizes running back Le’Veon Bell as the biggest issue. “It starts with Bell,” Joseph said. “If you can’t contain bell, you can’t contain (Antonio Brown). That’s where it starts.”

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