Vance Joseph Arizona Cardinals coach speculation: Team confirms interview for coordinator

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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The Arizona Cardinals have several potential candidates to succeed Kliff Kingsbury as their head coach.

They may not go far to replace him, however.

Speculation has swirled around Arizona potentially elevating defensive coordinator Vance Joseph to the head coaching position since the Cardinals fired Kingsbury on Monday.

Joseph, 50, has previous head coaching experience as the coach of the Denver Broncos.

Might he get the shot to be a head coach again with the Cardinals?

Check out some of the latest speculation swirling around Joseph and the Arizona NFL head coaching job.

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Vance Joseph to get interview for Cardinals' coaching position

Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill on Tuesday said that Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph will get an interview for the team's head coaching position.

Last week, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler wrote that Arizona would interview Joseph, writing that Joseph is "well-respected in the building."

Joseph has been Arizona's defensive coordinator for four seasons, all under former head coach Kliff Kingsbury.

He was the head coach of the Denver Broncos in 2017 and 2018, where he posted an 11-21 record.

One set of recent odds put Joseph third to become the Cardinals' head coach, at +450, while another had him as the favorite at +325.

Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer tweeted that Joseph's interview would take place on Wednesday morning.

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Fansided's Jim Koch wrote: "Joseph was given an opportunity to be a head coach back in 2017, when the Denver Broncos signed the defensive guru to a four-year contract. To say that things didn’t work out would be an understatement. Joseph was relieved of his duties just two years into the deal after the Broncos compiled an ugly 11-21 record. If that isn’t enough, Joseph has presided over a Cardinals defense that has been gashed for a whopping 25.7 points per matchup heading into Week 18. Only the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears have given up more this season in the entire National Football League. Not exactly the kind of coaching performance from a coordinator that should result in such a hefty promotion."

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Vance Joseph has 'really good chance' to become Cardinals' coach

NFL Insider Michael Lombardi broke down Joseph's candidacy for the Cardinals' coaching job on a recent appearance of the Pat McAfee Show.

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The Score: Vance Joseph would have 'support' as head coach

Jordan Schultz tweeted: "Spoke with a starting #AZCardinals player, who said: 'Everyone here likes Vance [Joseph]. Everyone would support him as a head coach.'"

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NFL media: Vance Joseph to get 'long look' as Arizona Cardinals head coach

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph would get a "long look" at becoming the head coach of the Cardinals in the aftermath of Kliff Kingsbury's firing.

"Expect #AZCardinals DC Vance Joseph to get a long look for HC in Arizona, source said," Rapoport tweeted. "He's very respected in the building."

Sports Illustrated: Vance Joseph 'lead candidate' to replace Kliff Kingsbury

Albert Breer wrote: "If Kingsbury’s gone, I’d expect Joseph to be a lead candidate, if not the lead candidate to replace him."

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NFL.com: Vance Joseph among candidates for Cardinals' head coaching job

Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero wrote: "Among the potential candidates if there's a change: former Saints head coach Sean Payton, who a source says has done homework on the Arizona job in case it comes open but wouldn't come cheap; and Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, the former Broncos head coach who is highly respected in the building."

Could the Arizona Cardinals turn to defensive coordinator Vance Joseph as the team's next head coach?

BetArizona: Vance Joseph included in odds to become Cardinals head coach

The site puts Joseph at +900 to be Arizona's next coach, giving it a 10% chance of happening. He is fifth in the odds.

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SB Nation: Vance Joseph a candidate for Cardinals' job

Seth Cox writes: "The Cardinals are known for making prudent and smart decisions in their coaching decisions so you have to give them the benefit of the doubt if they do move on from Kliff and retain Vance. If Vance is the man, we will hope that having the third pick will allow them to add a quality defensive player, we know Vance hasn’t had much to work with as he only had two first round linebackers who haven’t lived up to expectations in his defense."

Cards Wire: Vance Joseph qualified candidate for Cardinals job

Jess Root writes: "Joseph was head coach of the Denver Broncos in 2017-2019. He is highly respected in the locker room. He would certainly be one of the first interviews. He is a qualified internal candidate and giving him an interview also helps comply with the league’s “Rooney Rule,” which requires teams to interview qualified minority candidates. Would he be the lead candidate? That seems like a stretch, but he certainly is a qualified candidate."

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