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Gary Kubiak hints at future front office or AD role

Gary Kubiak

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.

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.

Gary Kubiak steps down as Broncos coach

Gary Kubiak

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.”

Kubiak was hospitalized earlier this season for what was revealed to be a “complex migraine condition.” He also had a very frightening incident in 2013 when he was coaching in Houston, as he collapsed on the field and was taken off in a stretcher.

Unless he takes an offensive coordinator job somewhere, Kubiak could be finished in the NFL. It doesn’t sound like he has interest in being a head coach again going forward.

Gary Kubiak reportedly stepping down as Broncos coach

Gary Kubiak

Gary Kubiak is reportedly coaching his final game with the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Kubiak is planning to step down due to health concerns. The demands of being a head coach in the NFL are said to have become “too risky” for the 55-year-old Kubiak.

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.

Kubiak was hospitalized earlier this season for what was revealed to be a “complex migraine condition.” He also had a very frightening incident in 2013 when he was coaching in Houston, as he collapsed on the field and was taken off in a stretcher.

When asked on Saturday about the retirement rumors, Kubiak did not exactly issue a denial.

Unless he ends up taking a job as an offensive coordinator again somewhere, it sounds like we have seen the last of Kubiak in the NFL.

Gary Kubiak does little to quiet resignation talk

Gary Kubiak

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.

Gary Kubiak downplays postgame shouting match, attributes it to ‘frustration’

Gary Kubiak

Coach Gary Kubiak and the Denver Broncos have been trying to downplay the locker room shouting match that took place after Sunday’s loss to New England.

Kubiak doesn’t think the team is divided after offensive lineman Russell Okung and defensive back Aqib Talib engaged in a shouting match after the game.

“I would never let something be divisive, I would never let that happen,” Kubiak said, via ESPN’s Jeff Legwold. “If I didn’t see guys in there bleeding and working and battling each other, those type of things, it wouldn’t be football. That doesn’t bother me.

“That’s part of the game. There’s nobody feeling good today. Did some people play better than others? Yeah, that’s the case every week in football. We’ve got to regroup. We’ve got to get better. We’ve got to go on the road for a big game. There’s no time to feel sorry for yourself, but there’s always time to be honest with yourself.”

Kubiak said the standoff was “not a big deal,” chalking it up to simple frustration after a damaging loss.

“I’ve been in NFL locker rooms 400-plus times. It was nothing,” Kubiak said. “That was frustration that we just lost a game.”

At 8-6, the Broncos are already out of the AFC West picture. Their last hope is finding a way to sneak into the final AFC wildcard spot.

Gary Kubiak broke up shouting match in Broncos’ locker room

Gary Kubiak

There was frustration in the Denver Broncos’ locker room after the team’s loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday, and that led to a shouting match that was broken up by head coach Gary Kubiak, according to a report.

NFL Media’s Mike Silver says that after the Broncos’ 16-3 loss to the Patriots, Kubiak gave his players a chance to speak. Offensive lineman Russell Okung elected to speak, and his comments didn’t sit very well.

Here’s Silver’s report:

Veteran left tackle Russell Okung, who signed with the Broncos last March, stepped forward to speak, and cornerback Aqib Talib strongly objected. According to several witnesses, that set off a spirited shouting match between the team’s defensive backs and offensive linemen — one which Kubiak had to diffuse before it turned ugly.

The dispute was categorized as a typical offense vs. defense issue. The Broncos’ defensive players apparently felt they did well to hold the 12-2 Patriots to just 16 points and were frustrated that the offense was unable to score more than three points.

This has been an ongoing issue with the Broncos, who won a Super Bowl last season on the strength of their stellar defense. This season they’re not getting enough offensive production to win as many games as they’d like. They’re now 8-6 and face games at Kansas City and home vs. Oakland to end the season as they seek a wild card berth.

Gary Kubiak defends overtime field goal attempt: ‘We’re going to try to win’

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There’s a strong case to be made that Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak turned a tie into a defeat by opting to attempt a 62-yard field goal late in overtime against Kansas City, and on Monday, he was left to defend that call.

With just over a minute remaining in overtime, Kubiak decided against punting, which would have ideally forced the Chiefs to try to get into field goal range from inside their own territory in only a minute. Instead, he had Brandon McManus try a 62-yard field goal for the win. The kick was no good, and it set Kansas City up at the Denver 48, allowing them to move into field goal range and win the game as time expired in overtime.

Kubiak’s reasoning was simple: the Broncos were trying to win.

“The fact that we had no timeouts probably made it — made me want to go in that direction,” Kubiak said after the game, via Edward Lewis of NFL Media. “If you did have your timeouts, maybe, maybe you think about punting it down there and see if you can get the ball back. I don’t know. But we’re going to try to win, and I’ve seen B-Mac do that many times in practice.

“It’s on me. I just gave him a chance, thought we could do it, but we didn’t get it done. Give them credit.”

At that point, winning is probably too much to hope for. The aim should have been to preserve the tie, which isn’t optimal, but still would have ensured that Denver and Kansas City remained even record-wise. Kubiak wasn’t the only one to make a mistake in the game, but this one was particularly egregious, and it could have serious repercussions going forward as far as the fate of Denver’s season goes.

Bennie Fowler, Gary Kubiak cost Broncos against Chiefs

Gary Kubiak

The Denver Broncos lost a game to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night that they were leading 24-16 with three minutes left. A few poor decisions played big roles in the defeat.

Let’s start with Bennie Fowler, who broke free for a 76-yard touchdown catch with 3:00 left that made it 23-16. Rather than go in for the touchdown, Fowler could (and arguably should) have gone down just shy of the goal line. Had he done that, the Broncos could have kneeled out the clock. The Chiefs didn’t have any timeouts left and the only thing that would have stopped the clock is the two-minute warning. Denver would have had three downs after the two-minute warning to end the game. Had he not scored, the Chiefs would not have had an opportunity to tie the game and send it to overtime.

Beyond just Fowler, though, head coach Gary Kubiak made a few blunders.

Once Fowler had scored the TD, Kubiak could have elected to go for two. The Broncos were up 23-16. Had they made the two-point conversion, they would have been up by two scores. That would have essentially put the game away. It’s something Pete Carroll recognized during the Seahawks-Patriots game two weeks ago.

The other bad decision Kubiak made — and this one was pretty terrible — was to attempt a 62-yard field goal in overtime. Kubiak had kicker Brandon McManus try the kick with the game tied at 27 and 1:08 left. It was an extremely low percentage kick and would have tied for the third-longest field goal in history. Because of how long of a kick they tried, once Denver missed, the Chiefs got the ball at Denver’s 48. All Kansas City needed at that point was about 10 yards to have a reasonable chance at a field goal to win it.

With the loss, the Broncos are now 7-4 and wouldn’t even be in the playoffs if the season ended now. Let that thought marinate as you consider the difference between second and third place in the division was Fowler scoring a touchdown instead of stopping short of the goal line. Or if Kubiak had made the safe play for a tie, Denver would have been in a better spot in the AFC standings.

Gary Kubiak reportedly feeling better after being hospitalized Sunday


Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak was hospitalized after the team’s 23-16 loss to Atlanta on Sunday, but is reportedly resting comfortably this morning.

According to Nick Groke of the Denver Post, Kubiak was taken to an ambulance and whisked away about ten minutes after giving his postgame news conference. A team spokesperson said the coach was experiencing flu-like symptoms, calling the hospitalization precautionary.

The Broncos have a short week, so according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, it’s unclear if he’ll be able to coach Thursday against San Diego. More importantly, though, is the fact that, according to Schefter, Kubiak is feeling better as of Monday morning.

Remember, back in 2013, Kubiak experienced this scary incident. This doesn’t sound like it was nearly as serious. Given Kubiak’s previous health scare, though, there was definitely reason for concern, and it’s good that it sounds like he’s faring well.

Gary Kubiak expects Trevor Siemian to be ready for Sunday

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Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak believes quarterback Trevor Siemian’s injury isn’t serious.

Kubiak characterized his quarterback as day-to-day when speaking to Denver Sports 760 on Monday.

“Our plans moving forward are for Trevor to be there Sunday and be ready to go, but he’s day to day,” Kubiak said, via Andrew Mason of the team’s official website.

Kubiak could have put Siemian back in if it had been absolutely necessary, but the team elected to play it safe and were pleased with what they saw from Paxton Lynch.

“Pax went in there and handled himself well,” Kubiak said. “I thought the players really helped him.”

Siemian’s diagnosis doesn’t sound terribly serious, and there appears to be plenty of optimism that he’ll be fine to face the Atlanta Falcons in Week 5.