Vance Joseph in his Bengals' days.
INDIANAPOLIS - Vance Joseph, the newest leaf on the Marvin Lewis coaching tree, plans to abscond with some draft principles he picked up in Cincinnati.
Joseph, the Broncos new head coach, started the festivities at the NFL scouting combine Wednesday morning in the first media availability of the week. During his two seasons as the Bengals secondary coach, Joseph came out of the draft with one first-rounder in cornerback Darqueze Dennard in 2014 and one fourth-rounder in slot corner-safety Josh Shaw in 2015.
"Having the coaches involved in the process is very important," said Joseph of a Bengals staple. "(Bengals president Mike) Mr. Brown is very involved. It's a process where they've gone out and seen each player they've drafted over the last 13, 14 seasons. It's worked for (Lewis). His roster is obviously a big-time roster with a lot of good players.
"(The coaches) are with players every day. They know what they want to coach. They know what it looks like. It's important to have the coaches involved."
Asked what he took from Lewis to build his own program, Joseph pointed to stability.
"Marvin is a great example of longevity," Joseph said. "How Marvin has kept his staff intact has been the key to Marvin's success."
Joseph coached the 2015 season in Cincinnati after Brown denied him permission to interview for the Broncos defensive coordinator job with a year left on his deal. After last season's stint in Miami as the coordinator, Joseph, a University of Colorado product, got the dream job at age 44, and Joseph has been grateful to both Brown and Lewis for helping him in his career.
"It's just business," is how Joseph has characterized it for the last three years.
There has been no collateral damage on either side. Along with new Rams head coach Sean McVay at the age of 30, the Bengals identified Joseph as an up-and-comer even before he took their job after the 2013 season.
This gallery features photos of current Bengals players at past NFL Combines (AP Photos)