Instead Joseph returned to the Broncos' Englewood facility, a clear indicator the sides resumed negotiations toward a deal to make him the new head coach of the Broncos. The Broncos then tried to nab Joseph away from the Bengals to be their defensive coordinator.
Miami will now need to replace Joseph.
Dolphins DC Vance Joseph scheduled to interview Thurs with 49ers, per source.
It's also worth noting Elway was seeking not necessarily the best coordinator, but the person he felt would be the best head coach.
The Broncos were looking for leadership, charisma and someone who could help bridge the locker room divide that contributed to the team's late-season collapse.
Another coach that won't be coming in for a second interview will be Carolina Panthers Defensive Coordinator Sean McDermott.
Joseph, now 44, started six of 13 games for the Jets during his one year with the team. Former Chargers coach Mike McCoy has been on Joseph's radar as an offensive coordinator, but the Bills are trying to secure him for their coordinator's job.
This hiring is somewhat of a philosophical change for the Broncos.
While most people will only see that the Dolphins finished 29 in total defense as they gave up an average of 382.6 yards per game, the team did improve in a few key areas defensive from a season ago.
The Denver Broncos have found a new head coach.
Joseph has ties to Denver and the state of Colorado, graduating from the University of Colorado, while also spending the first three years of his coaching career on that school's staff as a graduate assistant and DBs coach in 2003. Kubiak guided the Broncos to the Super Bowl 50 championship in the 2015 season.
In the meantime, teams have expressed interest in Woods, a rising star who figures to become a strong head coaching candidate in the near future. Miami led only the Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers in this category.
The Dolphins finished 29th in the National Football League in yards allowed (382.6 per game), 18th in points allowed (23.8 per game), and 30th in rushing yards allowed (140.4 per game). The defense was still good in 2016, but it definitely took a step back from the elite unit it was in 2015.