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Gary Kubiak calls for improved decision-making from Trevor Siemian

Trevor Siemian

The Denver Broncos want more from Trevor Siemian.

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.

Broncos closing in on quarterback verdict; Gary Kubiak impressed by Trevor Siemian

Trevor Siemian

The Denver Broncos are nearing their quarterback decision, and coach Gary Kubiak sounds quite impressed with Trevor Siemian.

Kubiak said that he could probably make a decision now if he had to, but he refused to give a timetable for when he’d formally name a starter.

“I’ve got a lot invested and a lot of work that I can make some decisions off of now,” Kubiak said after Saturday’s preseason game, via ESPN’s Jeff Legwold. “I’ll do that. Does that mean I’m going to do it [Sunday] or Monday? I don’t know. I’ve got enough going on that I can make a decision.”

With Mark Sanchez not playing at all and Trevor Siemian starting and doing nothing to make himself look bad, it seems likely that he would be the frontrunner as things stand.

“I’m impressed. I think he’s very calm,” Kubiak said of Siemian. “I can tell by the way he handles the team in the huddle, he’s got control of what’s going on. Gets a bad break on the ‘go’ ball and comes right back and goes down the field. I think what I see is a guy getting better. … I’ve got a lot of work to do. I’m going to make a decision this week. … I’m going to do that, but at the same time, I’ve got a lot of things going on. I’ll take my time and do it the right way.”

Siemian started the game, but it’s worth noting that Kubiak was talking up Paxton Lynch last week, too. Whatever the case, it sounds like Sanchez is definitely running behind in the race.

Gary Kubiak refuses to rule out Paxton Lynch winning Broncos QB job

Paxton Lynch

Rookie Paxton Lynch is still in the running for the Denver Broncos quarterback job.

Coach Gary Kubiak went to great lengths to assure reporters that Lynch was still very much in the conversation.

“He’s always been in the mix,” Kubiak said Saturday, via Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk. “I just told you guys that he’s behind the other two from a knowledge standpoint, but we’ve been out there competing every day. Everybody is in competition to play.”

Kubiak could just be handling things diplomatically to ensure that all three of his quarterbacks keep their heads up and fight for the role. That said, Elway has spoken highly of the youngster, and Mark Sanchez didn’t exactly impress in his audition Saturday night. It would still be a surprise, though, if Lynch won the role.

Gary Kubiak refuses to commit to starting quarterback

Brock Osweiler

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak refused to commit to a starting quarterback for the team’s first playoff game.

The Broncos have the top seed in the AFC, so they’ll have two weeks to make and announce a decision, and Kubiak intends to take full advantage of that time.

“I won’t say anything,” Kubiak said Monday, via Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk. “I’ve got nothing for you today. I have no timeline.”

Kubiak may well already know and is just choosing to play things close to the belt. There’s almost no way the choice won’t be Peyton Manning, who, while not exactly prime Manning, did enough coming off the bench to get the Broncos the win after Brock Osweiler struggled. It’s almost impossible to imagine the Broncos going back to the youngster, particularly when he didn’t exactly seem to take his benching well.

Gary Kubiak downplays importance of Peyton Manning workout

Peyton Manning

On Thursday, Broncos coach Gary Kubiak told reporters that Peyton Manning had a “big workout” coming on Saturday. Now that it’s over, Kubiak is backtracking a bit.

“I need to shut up,” Kubiak said Saturday after the session, via ProFootballTalk. “It was a workout. It was good. They were all good workouts this week. He probably worked harder today than he did the other two days, in all honesty, but it was a real good workout.”

Kubiak was non-committal on what the workout would mean for Manning’s status in practice this week or for action next weekend.

“There is nothing — it’s just, ‘Let’s go. Let’s have a good week. Let’s work.’ That’s what he did,” Kubiak said. “I won’t go beyond that.”

It’s clear that the Broncos would like to have Manning available for the playoffs, assuming they get there. Brock Osweiler has been good enough but not a world-beater since taking over as Manning tries to overcome an injured foot. Of course, Manning may yet need surgery, and the Broncos may prefer Osweiler anyway, especially if there’s no way to get Manning fully healthy before the playoffs.

Gary Kubiak: I made a bad decision by playing Peyton Manning

Gary Kubiak Broncos

Gary Kubiak is doing his quarterback a solid by falling on the sword and taking the blame for Peyton Manning’s terrible game on Sunday that led to a benching.

The Denver Broncos head coach said after his team’s 29-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs that he made a bad decision by playing Manning, who was 5-of-20 for 35 yards and four interceptions before getting benched.

“I’m disappointed in myself. … I probably should have made the decision not to play (Manning),” Kubiak said via The Denver Post’s Nicki Jhabvala.

Manning apparently had a rib injury, as that was added to his injury report on Saturday.

Manning was listed on the injury report for both a foot and rib injury. He thought he could play despite the issues.

“I thought I felt good enough to play. Maybe that was a false feeling or wrong feeling,” Manning said via Jhabvala.

Manning is the quarterback and leader of the Broncos. The guy likes to make every effort possible to play, so it’s understandable why he gave it a go Sunday. It’s also understandable why Kubiak let his future Hall of Famer try to grit it out rather than play Brock Osweiler, who threw for 146 yards and a touchdown in relief. Maybe Kubiak should have just pulled the trigger on Manning earlier, but we don’t fault him for letting Manning start.

Kubiak also said in his postgame news conference that Manning will remain the team’s starter so long as he’s healthy.

Gary Kubiak to Broncos as head coach ‘very likely’

Gary-Kubiak-TexansJohn Elway got rid of John Fox as Broncos head coach this week and blew out the rest of the coach’s staff, and it looks like he has his sights set on a replacement.

CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports that Gary Kubiak going to the Broncos as head coach is “very likely.” La Canfora says he has heard that Kubiak is “far and away Elway’s top choice.”

Kubiak is set to interview for the position this weekend.

How likely is Kubiak to become the team’s head coach? The Denver Post says Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin and former Bills head coach Doug Marrone cancelled their scheduled interviews with the Broncos. The indication is that they feel it would be a waste of their time.

Kubiak turned down head coaching interviews with the Jets and Bears and issued a statement last weekend saying he wanted to remain as Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator. However, Kubiak’s ties to the Broncos and the allure of the team’s talent in place has to be appealing. Kubiak was Elway’s backup quarterback and coached the team’s offense from 1995-2005 before becoming head coach of the Texans.

In addition to Kubiak, the Broncos could be interested in Bengals defensive backs coach Vance Joseph as their next defensive coordinator. Joseph interviewed with the team on Thursday night.

One concern the Broncos and Kubiak could have is the chest problem the coach experienced as his tenure with the Texans was coming to an end in 2013. Maybe coaching a winning team might help alleviate some of his stress.

Gary Kubiak, Mike Shanahan could be Broncos candidates

Mike Shanahan Broncos

The Denver Broncos and John Fox announced Monday that they are “mutually parting ways,” which came as a shock to most.

Fox won his division all four years as head coach and had pretty strong success in Denver, though the team went 1-and-done in the playoffs two of the four seasons.

Check out the reaction from an NFL GM regarding the news:

In addition to Fox, the Broncos let go of their entire coaching staff. That means offensive coordinator Adam Gase and running backs coach Eric Studesville will not be candidates for the job, despite initial speculation.

If GM John Elway decides to bring in some familiar names, Gary Kubiak and Mike Shanahan could be candidates for the job.


Was head coach of the Houston Texans for eight seasons and went 61-64. Prior to that was a Broncos offensive coach/coordinator from 1995-2005. He was John Elway’s backup quarterback in Denver as a player and has strong ties to Elway. Issued a statement Sunday saying he is not interested in head coaching jobs.


Shanny took the year off from coaching but has been a hot candidate lately, interviewing with multiple teams. Coached the Broncos from 1995-2008 before they parted ways with him to bring in McDaniels. Was instrumental in taking Elway’s game to the next level and helping the Broncos win two Super Bowls. Still lives in Denver and supposedly still has good relationship with Elway.

LB’s Take: Given the way Elway has operated outside of the box throughout his time in Denver (e.g. making big moves to acquire Peyton Manning, Aqib Talib, DeMarcus Ware), I would not be surprised if he went off the board and brought in someone else nobody is thinking of. This guy aims high and delivers home runs. He’s going to do the same here, that’s my guess.

Bears expected to make strong push for Gary Kubiak

Gary-Kubiak-TexansThe Chicago Bears are expected to make a big push for Gary Kubiak as their next head coach, according to a report.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the news Sunday, saying the Bears are “prepared to make a major push” for the Ravens offensive coordinator.

Kubiak was an offensive coordinator for the Broncos from 1995-2005 before leaving to become head coach of the Texans in 2006. He was Houston’s head coach for nearly eight seasons and led the team to a 61-64 record and two playoff appearances before being fired amid a disastrous 2013 campaign.

Kubiak did not interview for head coaching positions while the Ravens were still in the playoffs.

“I said, ‘John (Harbaugh), if anybody wants to talk to me, just tell them no. I’m a busy man right now,’” Kubiak told reporters after the regular season ended. “I think it’s always flattering as a coach to be mentioned by any organization in football. But my total focus is on our football game, what we’re doing and trying to enjoy what I’m doing right now.”

Now that the Ravens have been eliminated from the postseason, Kubiak is free to interview with teams.

Part of the thinking behind Chicago’s reported interest in Kubiak is that they have a first-time GM, Ryan Pace, in charge, so it would be nice to pair him with an experienced head coach.

The Bears have also interviewed Cardinals DC Todd Bowles, Broncos OC Adam Gase and Seahawks DC Dan Quinn for the job. Even if they were interested before, this high-profile candidate is no longer available.

Gary Kubiak hired as Ravens offensive coordinator

Gary Kubiak Ravens

Gary Kubiak is more than landing back on his feet.

Less than two months after being fired by the Houston Texans amid a franchise-record losing streak, Kubiak has been hired by the Baltimore Ravens to become the team’s new offensive coordinator. Kubiak’s offensive coordinator with the Texans, Rick Dennison, was hired to serve as Baltimore’s QB coach.

Baltimore was also considering in-house receivers coach Jim Hostler, former Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, and Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson for the offensive coordinator job. They still need a running backs coach, and they made need to replace Hostler as WR coach if he takes another job, coach John Harbaugh said.

Kubiak, 52, was 61-64 in nearly eight seasons as Houston’s head coach. This is a good addition for Baltimore’s coaching staff.

Photo: Twitter/Ravens