Gary Kubiak Will Not Join Broncos As OC

Gary Kubiak is not returning to Denver’s sidelines after all. The veteran coach was not able to reach agreement on a deal with the Broncos to become their new offensive coordinator, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets

Kubiak and the Broncos “had different ideas on staffing and offensive philosophies,” Schefter writes, and both sides are now going in a different direction. Kubiak will have no shortage of suitors and could very well land another OC gig elsewhere.

Initially, the idea was to bring Kubiak on board to counterbalance Vic Fangio‘s lack of head coaching experience and overall offensive acumen. Fangio has been a DC with five different teams, but never a head coach in his 40-ish years of coaching.

Earlier this month, the Broncos blocked other teams from interviewing Kubiak for OC jobs and Kubiak’s preference was reportedly to stay in Denver under any circumstances. Somewhere along the way, things changes. The Bengals and Falcons both requested interviews with Kubiak, so those could be two potential landing spots for the 57-year-old.

Following his brief but successful stint in Baltimore, Kubiak returned to Denver to accept his “dream job” as the Broncos’ head coach. But, after two years as sideline general, health issues forced Kubiak into an executive role. He was also rumored to be a viable OC candidate last offseason, but GM John Elway expanded Kubiak’s front office responsibilities in order to keep him in the fold.

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8 comments on “Gary Kubiak Will Not Join Broncos As OC

  1. Matt M

    I think this is a good move for all involved, especially Vic. The reason I didn’t like it is simple. Really like Kubiak and he’s one of my favorites but this had a too many cooks in the kitchen feeling to it. As far as hiring x head men as position coaches and coordinators I’m for all that but not for hiring x head coach of your organization as a coordinator or position coaches.

  2. I always thought it was strange that he would come back and to work UNDER someone else when he once successfully lead the very SAME team to a Super Bowl win, not to long ago. Like he wouldn’t hold that over the head coaches head anytime the HC disagreed with him. Even worse have that in the HC’s head that he could be his replacement if the HC messes up.

    • Steven Juris

      Wade Phillips had more to do with the SB win not Kubiaks reliance on an over the hill QB who couldn’t throw a football anymore

  3. jjabrony

    Kubiak – “So which QB are we looking at to replace Case Keenum?”
    Broncos with a puzzled look on their faces – “We aren’t replacing Case”
    Kubiak – “This meeting is over, but thank you for considering me”

  4. TJECK109

    So is Kubiak severing ties with Denver all together now? He had to be working under a contract in the front office

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