Broncos senior personnel adviser Gary Kubiak, who led the team to the Super Bowl 50 title as head coach, could soon be returning to someone’s sidelines as an offensive coordinator, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. Kubiak last served as an OC with the Ravens in 2014 — which was, incidentally, the last time the Ravens made the playoffs — and he guided Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco to a career year that season.
Following his brief but successful stint in Baltimore, which came on the heels of an eight-year head coaching tenure in Houston, Kubiak returned to Denver to accept the Broncos’ head coaching position, which he described as his dream job. But after two years as sideline general, health issues forced Kubiak into an executive role. He was actually rumored to be a viable OC candidate last offseason, but Broncos GM John Elway expanded Kubiak’s front office responsibilities, and given that Kubiak was already under contract through 2018, any other team interested in his services would have needed to pony up a draft pick to land him.
But come 2019, that will no longer be the case, and Kubiak has already expressed interest in becoming an offensive coordinator again. He remains one of the most respected offensive minds in the game, and he will surely garner plenty of attention during this offseason’s coaching carousel.
Given his health concerns, Kubiak will almost certainly not be interested in an HC job, as Troy Renck of Denver 7 ABC tweets. Renck says that Kubiak will listen if teams approach him with an OC offer, and that he will be sorely missed if he leaves the Denver front office.
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