The 2017 Denver Broncos season will be the franchise's upcoming 48th season in the National Football League and the 58th overall. It will also be the first season under new head coachVance Joseph, as Gary Kubiak, the team's head coach during the previous two seasons, retired due to health concerns. The Broncos will attempt to improve on their 9–7 record from 2016.
On January 2, 2017, one day after the 2016 regular season finale, head coachGary Kubiak announced his retirement from coaching due to health concerns. Kubiak suffered a mini-stroke in 2013 while coaching the Houston Texans, as well as a migraine condition that forced him to miss one game during the 2016 season. Kubiak spent a total of 22 seasons with the Broncos — nine as a backup quarterback to executive vice president/general manager John Elway from 1983–1991, eleven as the Broncos' offensive coordinator from 1995–2005 and two as the Broncos' head coach from 2015–2016. In his two seasons as the Broncos' head coach, Kubiak led the team to a 24–11 record (including the playoffs) — the most victories of any coach in the first two seasons with the team, as well as guiding the Broncos to a victory in Super Bowl 50.
Following the hiring of Vance Joseph as the team's new head coach (see below), the Broncos underwent the following departures from their coaching staff:
January 15: Joe Woods was promoted from the defensive backs coach position that he held from 2015–2016 to defensive coordinator.
January 24: Chris Gould was promoted from the special teams quality control coach position that he held from 2015–2016 to assistant special teams coach.
January 30: Eric Studesville was promoted to assistant head coach, and will continue to retain the running backs coach position that he has held since 2010, a season in which Studesville also served as the team's interim head coach.
Following the hiring of Vance Joseph, the Broncos made the following additions to their coaching staff:
January 13: Mike McCoy was hired as the offensive coordinator. This will be the second stint for McCoy as the Broncos' offensive coordinator — a position he held from 2009–2012. McCoy served as the San Diego Chargers' head coach from 2013–2016. Bill Musgrave was hired as the quarterbacks coach. Musgrave worked in the same capacity with the Oakland Raiders during the previous two seasons, and was John Elway's backup quarterback from 1995–1996.
January 14: Jeff Davidson was hired as the offensive line coach. Davidson served in the same capacity on Mike McCoy's staff with the San Diego Chargers in 2016, and was a Broncos' offensive lineman from 1990–1993.
January 15: John Benton was hired as an assistant offensive line coach. Benton had previously worked in the same capacity with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2016 as well as on Gary Kubiak's staff with the Houston Texans from 2006–2013. However, on February 20, the Broncos granted Benton permission to interview for the lead offensive line coach position with the San Francisco 49ers, and one day later, Benton was officially hired by the 49ers.
January 17: Marcus Robertson was hired as the defensive backs coach. Robertson worked in the same capacity with the Oakland Raiders from 2015–2016, as well as an assistant under Joe Woods with the Raiders in 2014.Brock Olivo was hired as special teams coordinator. Olivo served as a special teams assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs from 2014–2016.
January 19: Johnnie Lynn was hired as the assistant defensive backs coach. Lynn previously worked alongside Vance Joseph with the 49ers from 2006–2010, and most recently with the Raiders from 2012–2013.
January 27: Geep Chryst was hired as tight ends coach. Chryst previously worked in the same capacity with the Carolina Panthers from 2006–2010, where he worked alongside current Broncos' offensive coordinator Mike McCoy for three seasons as well as alongside offensive line coach Jeff Davidson for four seasons. Chryst was recently on the San Francisco 49ers' coaching staff, where he served as quarterbacks coach from 2011–2014 and offensive coordinator in 2015.
February 21: Charles Gordon was hired as a defensive quality control coach. Gordon worked in the same capacity at the University of Northern Colorado during the previous four seasons (2013–2016), and was a defensive back for three seasons with the Minnesota Vikings under the tutelage of Joe Woods, the Broncos' current defensive coordinator.
February 25: Chris Strausser was hired as the team's assistant offensive line coach, replacing John Benton. Strausser spent the previous three seasons as the offensive line coach at the University of Washington.
The Broncos traded their original 2017 sixth-round selection (No. 202 overall), along with their 2016 sixth-round selection to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for tight endVernon Davis and the 49ers' 2016 seventh-round selection. The Broncos acquired an additional sixth-round selection as part of a trade that sent the team's 2016 fifth- and seventh-round selections to the Tennessee Titans.
The Broncos received four compensatory selections — one in the third round (No. 101 overall), one in the fifth round (No. 177 overall) and two in the seventh round (Nos. 252 and 253 overall). For the first time in NFL draft history, compensatory selections can be traded.