ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — For the second 12 months in a row and a second playoff miss, studies about Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph’s future are circulating across the crew and the second-year coach.

And Monday, at 6-Eight with two video games remaining and in peril of the franchise’s first back-to-back dropping seasons since 1971-72, Joseph mentioned he had spoken to Broncos president of soccer operations/normal supervisor John Elway and referred to as studies about his future “nonsense” that he cannot fear about.

“It is not my job to rent or fireplace me, so I am simply going to work,” Joseph mentioned. “That is my job. Now we have a sport subsequent weekend in opposition to Oakland and that is my focus.”

Joseph, who answered to studies final December he might be fired simply minutes after the regular-season finale, was once more requested about his future after a report Monday morning within the Colorado Springs Gazette that Elway had tried to rent Mike Shanahan for a second stint as Broncos head coach after the 2017 season.

Shanahan coached the Broncos for 14 years (1995-2008), together with Elway’s final 4 as a participant, a run that included two Tremendous Bowl wins to shut out the 1997 and 1998 seasons. Joseph, who meets usually with Elway, mentioned he had spoken to Elway Monday morning.

“I’ve spoken to John, that is a personal dialog, clearly,” Joseph mentioned. “To be trustworthy, that is the least of my worries. … There’s been worse issues written about me, I am assuming, however that is not my concern. My concern is the soccer crew, these coaches. … What’s written, what’s being mentioned, I am unable to fear about that. That is nonsense, to me it’s, it truly is.”

The Broncos have been on the sting of the playoff race simply two weeks in the past, at 6-6, however have misplaced two consecutive video games — to the Three-10 San Francisco 49ers and the 6-7-1 Cleveland Browns — to fall to 6-Eight. The Broncos completed 5-11 in Joseph’s first season as head coach.

Joseph was requested Monday if he carries issues over his future and he mentioned: “I do not, I do not, it is about my coaches and my gamers. Now we have an excellent employees. It might be powerful for me to discover a higher employees on this league. These coaches have coached a very, actually, younger crew and we have younger guys taking part in at a excessive stage due to the coaches and our gamers. Every week they battle. That is my solely concern, not my future, my final future is the Oakland Raiders. That is my focus.”

Joseph was additionally requested Monday if he thinks the crew’s entrance workplace “has your again” and Joseph mentioned: “Yeah, completely I do, completely I do.”

The Broncos face the Oakland Raiders (Three-11) on Christmas Eve night time and shut out the season Dec. 30 in opposition to the Los Angeles Chargers (11-Three). The Broncos defeated the Chargers 23-22 Nov. 18, in Carson, Calif.

Joseph mentioned the Broncos, who had 11 rookies in uniform this previous Sunday in opposition to the Browns to go along with two different gamers who spent their rookie seasons in 2017 on the crew’s observe squad, have proven enchancment over final 12 months’s crew. The Broncos have battled by way of one of many league’s hardest schedules. Between Sept. 23 and Nov. 25 they performed the Ravens (Eight-6), the Rams (11-Three), the Chiefs (11-Three) twice, the Texans (10-Four) and the Chargers.

The Broncos misplaced by 4 factors to the Rams, had a 10-point fourth quarter lead get away in certainly one of their losses to the Chiefs and missed a area purpose on the sport’s final play in a two-point loss to the Texans. However after a three-game profitable streak that obtained the Broncos to 6-6, they’ve had a lackluster loss to the 49ers and Saturday night time’s 17-16 loss to the Browns when Joseph elected to kick a area purpose with Four minutes, 39 seconds left within the sport when the Broncos confronted a fourth-and-1 from the Browns’ 6-yard line.

“Completely we have now (improved),” Joseph mentioned. “… Now we have gotten higher. … Total whenever you watch our crew, play, we have now.”

Joseph additionally mentioned he believed the crew may proceed to enhance if he and his employees remained in place.

“I consider that, we have now an excellent employees,” Joseph mentioned. “… It raised a whole lot of younger gamers this 12 months and so they’re taking part in at a excessive stage. That speaks to the employees.”

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