Vance Joseph will get another opportunity to coach before the Super Bowl after the Denver Broncos accepted an invitation to the 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl.
In his rookie year as a head coach, Joseph and his staff could only muster a 5-11 season that has the Broncos drafting number five overall and near the top of every round.
While teams battle it out to reach the Super Bowl, Joseph and his rebuilt coaching staff will get up close and personal with scores of draft prospects in Mobile, Alabama at the end of January.
After the decision to retain Joseph, the Broncos quickly parted ways with several assistant coaches on offense, as well as special teams coordinator Brock Olivo, and linebackers coach Fred Pagac.
The Broncos are expected to quickly announce a new quarterbacks coach, offensive line coach and running backs coach ahead of their trip to Alabama.
“We jumped at the opportunity for the Broncos to work the Senior Bowl,” president of football operations/general manager John Elway said.
“On both the coaching and personnel sides, the experience gives us a chance to meet these prospects and get to know them on and off the field.
“The Senior Bowl has a great tradition and we are exited to be a part of it.”
Joseph has coached in the Senior Bowl three times in his 13 years in the NFL, all while an assistant with the San Francisco 49ers between 2006-2008.
“The Senior Bowl provides our staff an up-close look at some of the top prospects in this year’s draft,” Joseph said.
“Having coached the Senior Bowl in the past, it’s a tremendous evaluation tool spending all week with these players in a variety of group and individual settings.
“From the meeting rooms to the practice field, the Senior Bowl experience lets us see how these prospects work and prepare in a competitive environment.”
The rosters for the North and South teams will be made up of around 110 players from across college football.
Among the high-profile invitees to accept are Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, who will be the first Heisman Trophy winner to play in the Senior Bowl since Tim Tebow in 2010, Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph, who won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, as well as Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington, Texas-San Antonio defensive end Marcus Davenport, Western Michigan tackle Chukwuma Okorafor.
Six Alabama seniors accepted invitations, including five from the team that will play in the National Championship game against Georgia, while Colorado State wide receiver Michael Gallup also accepted an invite.
Players will arrive by January 22 to begin practice and interviews the next day.
Practices will be covered by NFL Network with the game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium televised on NFL Network and ESPN.