Vance Joseph will have a new house in the desert.
Cardinals ad Friday, Joseph will be the new defensive coordinator of the team. Joseph, who was fired at the end of the 2018 season by the Broncos after being their head coach for two years, brings a veteran experience to a staff with a new NFL coach at the helm of Kliff Kingsbury.
Joseph spent a season as the Dolphins Defensive Coordinator before landing in Denver. He has also coached defensemen for the Bengals (2014-15), Texans (2011-13) and 49ers (2006-10), where he debuted in the NFL as an assistant defensive coach in 2005.
During his stay in Miami, the Dolphins qualified for the playoffs with the help of a unit that was fourth in the third defensive and had 21 takeaways for the league's fourth total. However, once Joseph arrived in Denver, the Broncos failed to qualify for the playoffs in his two seasons and finished with consecutive losing records. Denver is ranked third in the NFL but in total defense in his first year with the team.
Joseph's record as a head coach did not prevent Kingsbury from having him on board.
"I've known Vance for a little while, and it was good to sit down with him and see where his head was and tell him my vision," Kingsbury said. "His veteran presence, he was just a head coach, I can rely on him on some aspects and draw his mind in. Great leader, obviously an excellent defensive spirit, and I really think that our players will answer him "on this side of football".
– Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) January 11, 2019
Arizona has also announced Jeff Rodgers will come back as coordinator of the team's special teams and Bill Davis, Who was the defensive coordinator of the Cardinals during the 2009-2010 seasons, was named coach of the linebackers.