01/11/2017 15:09 EST | Updated 01/12/2018 00:12 EST

Broncos hire Vance Joseph as new head coach

A runner-up two years ago, Vance Joseph is John Elway's pick for head coach of the Denver Broncos this time around.

Joseph impressed Elway in 2015 when Gary Kubiak got the job. He was on Elway's short list when Kubiak, 55, stepped down last week over health concerns after Denver (9-7) missed the playoffs a year after winning Super Bowl 50.

Joseph, the 44-year-old ex-University of Colorado quarterback, spent last season as Miami's defensive coordinator after building a reputation as one of the league's top secondary coaches.

After interviewing Tuesday, Joseph returned to Broncos headquarters Wednesday after scuttling plans to fly to California to interview with the Chargers, 49ers and Rams.