Report: Joe Woods to become Broncos' defensive coordinator

There's about to be a new controller of the Orange Crush.

With Vance Joseph in as head coach, and Wade Phillips likely on the way out, the Denver Broncos are expected to promote secondary coach Joe Woods to defensive coordinator, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.

The news, which had been previously reported, was confirmed by 9News' Mike Klis.

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Hired in 2015, Woods, 46, enters just his third season with the Broncos, but is viewed in league circles as a quick-rising up-and-comer with serious chops. Popular with the players, Woods has been credited with developing Denver's All-World secondary, the top-ranked unit each of the past two seasons.

"To me (he's) a genius. He has done wonders with our group, he would be an awesome choice," Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. told ESPN's Josina Anderson.

Last week, NFL insider Alex Marvez first floated Joseph's thinking -- that he'd elevate Woods and move on from Phillips, whose contract expired. Phillips, the defensive boss since 2015, said Wednesday that he "likes his chances" of returning to the Broncos.

But general manager John Elway is giving Joseph, a defensive-minded coach, complete autonomy over his staff, increasing the probability of the son of Bum landing elsewhere. Phillips has drawn interest from the Raiders, Rams, and Redskins.

It remains unclear if Joseph, who ran a 4-3 scheme with the Miami Dolphins, will scrap Phillips' 3-4 alignment.

Woods' promotion represents the opening salvo from Denver's new regime. On Thursday, following Joseph's introductory press conference, they're slated to interview Mike McCoy and Bill Musgrave for their vacant offensive coordinator job.

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