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INDIANAPOLIS — If Vance Joseph had his way a year ago, he might be a Super Bowl champion defensive coordinator.
It’s impossible to say whether Denver would have won the Super Bowl with Joseph, and not Wade Phillips, leading the defense.
But that’s what the Broncos and Joseph wanted a year ago.
There was just one problem. Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis wasn’t ready to let Joseph free.
Joseph, who had spent just one season as the Bengals defensive backs coach, was a hot commodity after the 2014 season. He was interviewed by the Broncos for their head coaching job that ultimately went to Gary Kubiak.
Kubiak then tried hiring Joseph as his defensive coordinator, but the Bengals blocked the move.
This year, Lewis let Joseph out of his contract when new Dolphins coach Adam Gase came knocking.
“It’s part of coaching,” Lewis said Friday from the NFL scouting combine. “Everybody wants the security of a contract and sometimes it’s hard to have it both ways. But Vance was very professional throughout the process and understood and he got an opportunity.”
Lewis expected Joseph to eventually land a defensive coordinator position, but Joseph couldn’t know for sure if he’d have another opportunity to move up.
“I was confident he’d have the opportunity but you don’t know,” Lewis said. “And obviously he did. With success from people comes opportunity.
“My point to him always is when you have opportunity to make sure you’re going for the right opportunity, the right reason. Not all jobs are good jobs.”
So is leading the Dolphins defense a good job? Lewis seems to think so.
“I would expect them to be aggressive and play sound eight-man football, put the pressure on the outside guys,” Lewis said. “They’ve got some good guys up front and he’ll utilize them well.”
The Dolphins, like the Bengals, will run a 4-3 defense. But before he was with the Bengals, Joseph learned from 3-4 coaches.
Lewis said the transition for Joseph was smooth.
“Our principals are still a lot of 3-4 principals because they come out of my time in Pittsburgh and then later to our evolution to defense in Baltimore,” Lewis said.
Lewis said he received rave reviews about Joseph from cornerback Johnathan Joseph, who began his career in Cincinnati and played under Vance Joseph in Houston.
“Johnathan went there and Johnathan spoke so highly of him,” Lewis said. “I knew about Vance, people had told me about him, but Johnathan was the confirmation for him as a coach. And talking with Rick Smith and everybody that had ever worked with Vance, Mike Nolan and so forth, they just spoke so highly of him and his abilities.”
Lewis believes Joseph is on his way to becoming an NFL head coach.
“When you sit in staff meetings and in game plan meetings and his ability to interject and have an opinion on things — a well thought of and researched opinion — I think there’s no question in my mind that he has the ability to lead the room and lead men and get them pointed in the right direction and take those steps to be a head coach,” Lewis said.
Dolphins players weren’t always on board with former defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle, who is replacing Joseph as Cincinnati’s defensive backs coach.
But Lewis said Joseph has a good relationship with his players.
“He’s got a great wealth of football knowledge,” Lewis said. “And I think he’s got a great ability to communicate with the players and get it done.”