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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Broncos' HC Gary Kubiak feeling better this am, still resting at local hosptial. Remains uncertain whether he will coach Thursday vs SD.
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.
The young quarterback has made some mistakes, and according to coach Gary Kubiak, it’s because he’s still adjusting to the NFL game.
“He’s made some poor decisions, athletic decisions,” Kubiak said, via Jeff Legwold of ESPN. “I know that sounds kind of crazy, but it’s just learning that, ‘Trevor, That guy can make that play. You’re not in college anymore. You’re not going to throw that ball through that guy.’ I think some of the speed of the game factors that he’s beginning to understand a little bit is going to make him better each week.”
Kubiak doesn’t want Siemian to lose his confidence, though. He feels the young quarterback has been good in throwing into tight windows, but simply wants him to be smart about it.
“There are times that you are sitting there in a game, you’re down three, you have a great defense — do I try to make this throw or that throw? I think some of that probably creeps into your mind, but we really want to get that out,” Kubiak said. “We want him to play and be aggressive in what he’s doing. We threw it 33 times [against the Colts]. We trust him with the ball and that’s all over the field. I think he’ll continue to grow in some of those situations.”
The Broncos have fully backed Siemian, and he doesn’t seem to be in any danger of losing his job. It’s just a bit of public nudging to make himself better and probably see how he responds.