Vance Joseph, Former Head Coach, Denver Broncos
Fans will not enjoy this choice, as I myself would not rank Joseph very high if I knew I had a desirable job. However, given that the internal staff that has been interviewed is a product of Marvin Lewis, and the only one among them with NFL head coaching experience in Hue Jackson, I believe that Joseph warrants a spot on this top three list.
Joseph had to deal with a lot in Denver, including a quarterback room of Keenum, Osweiler, and Siemian in his two years as the head coach. At the trade deadline of this season, he lost his top receiver, Demaryius Thomas, who was dealt to Houston at the deadline. While Joseph going 5-11 and then 6-10 is not a great track record, it is better than Jackson’s tenure in Cleveland, and some might argue that he was never given a true chance to succeed. If you can bring in the correct offensive coordinator to assist Joseph, and he is given an upgraded roster (which Cincy possesses over Denver), perhaps he would fare better under less pressure in Cincinnati.
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