DAVIE—One of Vance Joseph’s trademarks as Dolphins defensive coordinator last season was his unfiltered criticism—privately and to the media—of players who were underperforming and needed a push.
He’s not doing that as much now that he’s the head coach of the Broncos.
Joseph, who faces his old team Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium, said this week he’s had to tone down his “brutally honest” assessments.
“It’s obviously good to be truthful all that time, as much as you can, but sometimes being truthful can do more damage than it can good,” he said. “Obviously, taking this job, you have to pick your moments for being brutally honest and pick your moments to fix your issue.
“I think it’s fine line between always being brutally honest. Even with my job last year, I think being brutally honest with players was absolutely right. But sometimes in this position as a head coach, being brutally honest about certain things that are going on within the football team, you can’t, because that’s a football issue. It’s a fine line between being honest and being so honest where you do more damage than good.”
Joseph’s having a rough time in his rookie season as a head coach. Denver started 3-1, but has lost seven straight and is a mess in every regard. He is widely thought to be on the hot seat.
The Broncos have started three quarterbacks, including bringing back Brock Osweiler. They rank 22nd in total yards and 26th in scoring, and they’ve committed the second-most turnovers in the league.
On defense, which is Joseph’s specialty, Denver’s been good. Only the Jaguars and Panthers have allowed fewer yards, and the Broncos have held their last two opponents (Cincinnati and Oakland) to 21 points or fewer.
“What you don’t want to do is panic and start questioning the process, start questioning what you’re doing from a football standpoint, start questioning your players,” Joseph said. “Last year in Miami, no one ever did that. Even when we were 1-4, we had fun at work and guys came to work and everyone was engaged. We had good weeks. We knew that if we continued to have good weeks, then the year was going to be the year.
“It feels the same way here. We haven’t had a bad week, as far as the work, and the players being here and being engaged and what we want to get accomplished. Obviously, we’ve had some bumps with turning the ball over and we’ve had some quarterback changes this year, but other than that, it’s been a fun year and guys are working to win each and every week.”
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