For the first time in his life, Vance Joseph will step in front of a football team as a head coach Monday.
He’s been a college quarterback. He’s been a professional defensive back. He’s been an assistant coach for years and a defensive coordinator for one year.
But when the Denver Broncos gather for the beginning of their offseason program Monday at the team’s UCHealth Training Center headquarters, Joseph will deliver his first speech as a head coach.
Well, speech may be a little formal. A head coach address, perhaps. A talk. Some introductions and a chat about expectations. Joseph got the Broncos' head coaching job on January 11 -- a date when, for the first time in six years -- the Broncos were on vacation. Vacation ends Monday.
Curious what the new boss will say?
“Kind of,’’ said Broncos running back C.J. Anderson. “But we also kind of know what the expectation is. The expectation is come to work every day. Be great at what you do. Do your job to the best of your ability. And keep getting better at your position and your job. Trust they’re going to find the best 53 (players) to go win a championship.’’
Among current Broncos players, the biggest question marks are about the three starters coming off surgeries: Quarterback Trevor Siemian, center Matt Paradis and Anderson.
Those questions will not be answered these next two weeks as the players will not be permitted to do any work on the field. It’s all weight room stuff. Siemian is coming off surgery to his left, non-throwing shoulder. He is expected to recover in time to fully participate in the Broncos’ organized team activities (OTAs) that begin May 23.
Paradis is coming off surgery to both hips. He’s not expected to be ready until training camp in late-July.
Anderson is coming off surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.
“I’m not sure how they’re going to bring me along,’’ Anderson said. “It feels good. They haven’t tested it out, full open-up running and full, open-up cutting. They want to ease into that, which is fine. But as far strength and stability, the knee is 100 percent.’’
Bronco players will take physicals and have meetings on Monday. Then hit the weight room for strength and conditioning with coach Luke Richesson on Tuesday.
Besides the injuries, the Broncos have questions at left tackle, where Donald Stephenson is expected to get the first chance, at least until the draft on April 27-29, and at quarterback, where Siemian and Paxton Lynch will eventually engage in a competition for the starting job.
The ultimate question for the 2017 Broncos: After missing the playoffs with a 9-7 record last year, what kind of team will they have?
“We picked up some players we needed,’’ Anderson said. “That’s exciting. Coming off a year we didn’t go to the playoffs, that’s something we don’t want to get used to.’’
The most significant new players will be positioned up front: Left guard Ron Leary, right tackle Menelik Watson, nosetackle Domata Peko and defensive end/tackle Lawrence Kerr.