Vance Joseph addresses QB decision, future of coaching staff after loss to Patriots

Vance Joseph addresses QB decision, future of coaching staff after loss to Patriots

The Broncos’ fifth-consecutive loss was another blowout, this time at the hands of the New England Patriots. The Broncos again had issues in all three phases, but none bigger than the four gaffes by special teams, which resulted in 24 points for the Patriots.

After the game, coach Vance Joseph said fingers deserved to be pointed at all — players and coaches. But he was asked specifically if he believed the team will have to make personnel changes before the season ends, a not-so-subtle way of asking if someone on his staff will soon be fired.

“I’ll say this: When you lose like this, it’s on all of us,” Joseph said. “It’s a staff that we chose and that we feel great about. I wouldn’t say that; I would say it’s on all of us. We have to coach better and play better.”

Quarterback Brock Osweiler went 18-of-33 for 221 yards, a touchdown, one interception and a 72.9 passer rating. He engineered three first-half drives that brought the Broncos into or close to the red zone, but each stalled and Denver had to settle for field goals. It wasn’t until the third quarter that they punched the end zone with a 7-yard touchdown by Demaryius Thomas.

The performance by Osweiler wasn’t strong enough to outright guarantee him the starting job in Week 11.

We’ll see,” Joseph said. “We’re going to watch the tape (Monday) as a staff and determine who the quarterback is next week.”

Joseph insinuated after the Broncos’ loss at Philadelphia in Week 9 that players didn’t give their full effort, though he quickly changed his tune after reviewing the film a day later. Sunday, Joseph said effort wasn’t among the Broncos’ many problems against New England.

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“We have a good locker room,” he said. “We have good leaders there. … It’s the execution. Even tonight, the guys came out ready to play. It’s simply execution.”

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