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Arizona Cardinals makes Vance Joseph defensive coordinator



Arizona Cardinals has named the former Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph as his defensive coordinator, the team announced Friday.

Denver kicked Joseph last month after a 6-10 season. He was 11-21 in two seasons with the Broncos.

Before coaching the Broncos, Joseph spent 11 years of coaching defensive back with 49ers, Texans and Bengals before becoming the dolphin's defensive coordinator in 2016.

Cardinals were looking for a veteran trainer who could fulfill the defensive coordinator's role, said General Manager Steve Keim under new coach Kliff Kingsbury's inaugural press conference on Wednesday.

Keim also announced on Wednesday that the defense would switch back to a 3-4 from 4-3 they ran under former head coach Steve Wilks. Kingsbury added that he wanted the defense to have an "attacking style".

"We want to be aggressive and get this defense back to where they were earlier than last year," Kingsbury said.

And under Joseph, that's what Kingsbury will get. The finished Broncos had the seventh highest flash rate of 31

.5 percent.

Cardinals hired Kingsbury as their head coach on Tuesday. Kingsbury replaced Wilks, who was fired after a season (3-13).

Arizona also announced that Bill Davis had been hired as linebacker's coach and that Jeff Rodgers had been retained as a special team coordinator.

Davis, who previously served as Cardinal's Defense Coordinator 2009 and 2010, spent the last two seasons as linebackers coach at Ohio State.


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