Former Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak is believed to be interested in coaching in the NFL again in 2019, and a return to his former team is reportedly a possibility.
Kubiak currently serves as a senior personnel advisor in the Broncos’ front office, but Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that president of football operations John Elway could ask him to return to a coaching role and serve as the team’s offensive coordinator next season. Bill Musgrave has been the OC in Denver since Mike McCoy was fired last year, but there is likely no urgency to keep him after the Broncos struggled on offense again in 2018.
Kubiak spent two seasons as the head coach in Denver, leading the team to a Super Bowl title in 2015 and a 9-7 record in 2016. He was also the offensive coordinator for the Broncos earlier in his coaching career from 2003-2005. Kubiak cited health reasons when he stepped down as the head coach in Denver following the 2016 season, but there have been rumblings he wants to return to coaching with less responsibilities.
It might be a bit awkward for Kubiak to work under another coach in the place where he is now an executive and was last a head coach, but the level of familiarity is obviously there.
Gary Kubiak stepped down as the head coach of the Denver Broncos due to health issues following the 2016 season, but he may return to coaching in the NFL again in 2019.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, several NFL head coaching candidates have interest in Kubiak as a potential offensive coordinator. Kubiak currently serves as a personnel adviser for the Broncos, but the team believes he will consider returning to a coaching staff as an OC. Sources told Rapoport that Kubiak will be viewed as one of the top coordinators available.
Kubiak spent two seasons as the head coach in Denver, leading the team to a Super Bowl title in 2015 and a 9-7 record in 2016. Things have not gone well for the Broncos since under Vance Joseph.
Prior to being hired as the Broncos’ head coach, Kubiak spent a season as the offensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens in 2014 and several years as the head coach of the Houston Texans from 2006-2013. With a head coaching change expected for at least one of his former teams, it will be interesting to see if Kubiak could get one of his old jobs back.
Kubiak has previously spoken about his love for the NFL Draft and player evaluation, so an expanded role in this area looks to be right up his alley. The Broncos could use the help after their first losing season since 2010.
Gary Kubiak decided after the 2016 season that the rigors of being a head coach in the NFL are not something he can handle anymore, but that doesn’t mean he plans on retiring from football altogether.
Kubiak told Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post on Wednesday that he still has a passion for football and wants to work. While he has ruled out coaching again in the near future, he hinted at potentially joining an NFL front office or collegiate athletic department.
Talked to Gary Kubiak today in HOU, one month into retirement. "I want to work. I still get up every day at 4:30 and want something to do."
Kubiak is just two years removed from leading the Denver Broncos to a championship, and he is still plenty respected among football circles. His decision to step down from coaching ultimately had to do with his health, as the 55-year-old was hospitalized during the season with what was described as a “complex migraine condition.” That was not his first health scare, as Kubiak also collapsed on the field when he was coaching the Houston Texans in 2013 and had to be rushed to the hospital.
With the impressive resume he has built as an NFL coach for more than 20 years, there’s no reason to think Kubiak will have any trouble finding a job that suits him.
The Denver Broncos announced on Monday that head coach Gary Kubiak has informed the team he is stepping down.
Just two years removed from leading the Broncos to a Super Bowl win, the 55-year-old Kubiak has decided that the demanding nature of the game has become too much.
“As I told our team last night, this is an extremely difficult decision to step down as head coach,” Kubiak said in a statement. “I love to work and I love football, but ultimately the demands of the job are no longer a good fit for me.
“I gave everything I had to this team the last two seasons, but this year, in particular, has been tough on me. As hard as it is to leave this position, I know that it’s the best thing for myself, my family and the Denver Broncos.”
Albert Breer of The MMQB adds that Kubiak was content being an offensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens two years ago and was unsure if he wanted the pressure of being a head coach again, but he couldn’t turn down his dream job.
On Kubiak: Two years ago, he'd found contentment as Ravens OC. Wasn't sure he wanted stress of being a HC again. Then, his dream job opened.
Will Gary Kubiak walk away from the Denver Broncos after the season? He didn’t exactly say no when given the opportunity to do so.
Kubiak has been the subject of resignation rumors and speculation in recent days, and when given the chance to put a stop to it, the Broncos coach did nothing of the sort.
“I love this league,” Kubiak said Friday when asked about his future, via Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk. “I love the Broncos. I love the work, you know? You know, I’m all in on the Raiders right now. There will be time for reflection and all that stuff next week, but right now it’s time to focus on what we’re doing.”
It’s not exactly a firm denial of anything. The 55-year-old has dealt with his share of health issues in recent years, and it may drive him to step aside. The Broncos will have him back if he wants to come back, but we’ll see what happens when it comes time for him to reflect.