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Broncos players get their wish after making pitches for Vance Joseph to return as coach – The Denver Post

His pitch came with a promise.

When C.J. Anderson began cleaning out his locker early Monday morning, the Broncos running back was still awaiting word as to whether his coach, Vance Joseph, would be coming back for a second season. Anderson, hopeful Joseph wouldn’t be fired, didn’t have any inside information, but he did have a prediction.

“I can promise you sitting here — you can put it on record — if he does get a second chance we will not be 5-11,” Anderson said. “We won’t have a losing season.”

Joseph will have the chance to prove Anderson correct. General manager John Elway later confirmed Joseph will be back in 2018 despite a 5-11 record in his first season that included an eight-game losing streak, the franchise’s longest since 1967.

If their words before the news came down were any indication, the players in Denver’s locker room are glad to have their coach back for a second season. In the days before the Broncos closed the season with Sunday’s 27-24 loss to the Chiefs, players pointed fingers at themselves for not doing more in a forgettable season. It wasn’t fair to lay all of the blame, many of them claimed, at the feet of their first-year head coach.

“I think he gives us his all,” inside linebacker Todd Davis said. “He gives us his heart and soul. I can stand behind any man who does that. I trust him. A lot of things didn’t go our way this year, but I wouldn’t put it on him.”

Davis insisted Monday that the Broncos didn’t show quit while in the throes of a season-defining losing streak, and he gave credit for some of that to Joseph. Quarterback Trevor Siemian shared a similar opinion.

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