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With Super Bowl looming, Gary Kubiak relies on lessons learned working for Mike Shanahan

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The only times the Broncos won the Super Bowl, Mike Shanahan coached the team. So it makes plenty of sense for current Broncos coach Gary Kubiak, a member of Shanahan’s staff in 1997 and 1998, to rely on lessons learned from his old boss in preparation for the team’s next shot at winning another title.

“I saw Mike last week, spent some time with him. I watched him prepare for these games,” Kubiak said, via Troy Renck of the Denver Post. “Yeah, I take a lot with me on what Mike taught me and how he prepared this team for these types of situations.”

Shanahan praised Kubiak for joining a championship-caliber team with sky-high expectations and delivering.

“Anytime you go into situation where a team has won and they expect you to win and get back to a Super Bowl, it’s very hard to do that,” Shanahan said, via Renck. “Gary has met the challenge. And you can see why his leadership skills have given them the ability to get back to the Super Bowl. I know Gary as well as anybody — he’s not happy with just getting there. He wants to win it.”

One big difference between 2013 and now: Broncos on injured reserve are making the trip with the team and appearing in the team photo. For Super Bowl XLVIII, the injured players arrived later in the week.

“It shows the true team aspect. Everybody has contributed,” cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said, per Renck. “Look at a guy like [left tackle Ryan] Clady. He has missed both Super Bowls [with injuries]. I definitely know this means a lot for him.”

While that difference alone won’t turn the 43-8 blowout loss into a win, it contributes to the kind of vibe that could help overcome the widespread perception that the Panthers will win the game.

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23 Responses to “With Super Bowl looming, Gary Kubiak relies on lessons learned working for Mike Shanahan”
  1. smithdp says: Jan 30, 2016 7:08 PM

    Important for the Panthers to NOT get behind early against the Broncos Defense as the Patriots just did. Thats a strong defense to try to come from behind on.

  2. youknowiknowitall says: Jan 30, 2016 7:10 PM

    So, more chop blocks and cheating the salary cap. Got it.

  3. fumblenuts says: Jan 30, 2016 7:14 PM

    If he can get that defense to play LIGHTS OUT like they played against the Pats…….Broncos will win BIG-TIME.

  4. plum54 says: Jan 30, 2016 7:23 PM

    So has he discussed how to cheat the salary cap like Denver did the last time they won the the Super Bowl resulting in draft loses & almost a million dollars in fines???

  5. walker615 says: Jan 30, 2016 7:43 PM

    As a Broncosnfan it’s such a relief that Fox isn’t the coach anymore. He did a horrible job in the last Super Bowl in so many ways- they weren’t prepared for crowd noise, just rolled over when they got punched in the mouth, guys were apparently partying in NY and not taking prep seriously..

    Kubiak isn’t one of the best coaches in the league or anything, but I have no doubt they’re in much better hands this time.

  6. broncodanny says: Jan 30, 2016 7:44 PM

    Class organization all the way! Win this one for Pat!

  7. greenbaychicksarefat says: Jan 30, 2016 7:57 PM

    Packers suck. That’s all

  8. mackcarrington says: Jan 30, 2016 8:08 PM

    It must kill Houston fans to look at Kubiak now after the way they trashed him.

  9. irongoats says: Jan 30, 2016 8:20 PM

    Chop block and sweep the leg Sensei

  10. nflfolly says: Jan 30, 2016 8:21 PM

    LOL to all the Raider fans that made fun of Elway becoming
    GM . Broncos are in the Super Bowl and all you have is Big Reg the Doofus and his years of producing losing football.

  11. jjackwagon says: Jan 30, 2016 8:52 PM

    SO Master Splinter talked to Kubes…big deal.

  12. MichaelEdits says: Jan 30, 2016 9:10 PM

    Thank you, PFT Planet. I remembered cheating the salary cap but forgot the chop blocks. So if Kubiak’s like me, he appreciated the reminder from Shanahan. Then they exchanged tanning tips and hair styling secrets.

  13. xavier179 says: Jan 30, 2016 9:13 PM

    Yeah, like manipulate the salary cap like when Elway won two Super Bowls.

  14. ashhole420 says: Jan 30, 2016 10:10 PM

    i am a redskins fan living in york PA, one of the few that think the Redskins should change there name to Washington DC Dragon’s with wicked new logo and unis but using all the old Redskins uniforms and logos for 5 games a season under the name Washington DC Warrior’s as an ode to the history of the redskins name!
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    i really think that the
    The Raiders should really move to Portland, Oregon!!!!
    That is by far the best place for the Raiders to move to and make a huge impact both in profits and in the amount of hardcore fans that would be created!!!

    Plus Portland makes the most sense for the Raiders to play there with the city’s history of shanghai kidnappings turning men into pirates and such.

    BE SMART MARK DAVIS AND FIND A PARTNER IN OREGON TO HELP BRING THE RAIDERS TO PORTLAND !!
    The Oregon Raiders has a great ring to it.

    i bet if the Raiders would move to Portland, Oregon the rivalry game against seattle would be very very heated.

    PORTLAND AND OREGON DESERVES A PRO TEAM WAY MORE THAN VEGAS, THAN LA NEEDS 2 TEAMS, THEN COWBOYS AND TEXAN FANS NEED A SAN ANTONIO TEAM.

    MEXICO CITY AND MEXICO, Toronto and Canada DESERVES A TEAM ALMOST AS MUCH AS THE FOOTBALL JUNKIES IN OREGON DOES

    RESEARCH IT AND OREGON BY FAR IS CURRENTLY THE BEST AND MOST PROFITABLE PLACE FOR BOTH THE RAIDERS AND THE NFL IN THE USA.

    #OregonNFLFootball
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    Move the Raiders to PortLand Oregon and become the Oregon Raiders.

    its the perfect city for team named the Raiders as the city and state were built by Pirates that were kidnapped at Oregon bars forced into slavery being Pirates on ships to Shanghai from Portland!!!!!!

    Plus #WeirdOregon and #WeirdPortland is the most perfect place for the new Black Hole to be built and named the Gates Of Hell!!!!

    Oregon i the most perfect place to create and build the most crazy hardcore rabid New Raiders fans that drink blood and scare seahawk and rams fans!

    Also Oregon would have some of the richest fans in the USA that would spend more money than Mark Davis has ever dreamed of!!!

    cali having 4 teams and tx 3 is BS, it is overKILL!!! Its pretty much one of the things cuban mentioned that will kill the nfl’s golden ticket and its fans.

    It spreads markets too thin as well as fans wallets. IT NEEDS TO CHANGE!!!

    Teams that are in smaller Markets than Portland and Mexico City and Vegas but have 3 other teams in the same area is just asinine! Same with Tx, San Antonio already HAS THE COWBOYS AND TEXANS THEY DONT NEED A TEAM

    just straight BS when there are actual Football obsessed states with no teams that have hardcore Rabid fans that need a team still!!

    Fans that would sellout every game played in their city and bring way more ratings on TV then markets like oakland and sd and st louis,
    those cities that didnt even try to keep their teams and dont deserve teams!

    Oregon is by FAR the MOST Greatest place for the Raiders or another team to move.
    Oregon is Great football country with really really smart, wealthy, Football Rabid Hardcore fans that are actually a huge part of seattles fan base!!

    #WakeUpDavisAndMoveToOregon
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    PleasE HELP MAKE CASE FOR THE RAIDERS TO MOVE TO OREGON
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    Oregon Deserves a team more than Cali needs 4 teams and texas needs 3 teams. help find a way for the oakland raiders to move to portland oregon to become the Oregon Raiders or for the NFL to give Oregon an Expansion team in 2018 or 2020 naming it the Oregon WereWolves since oregon is the paranormal weird badass state:)

    #BringtheNFLtoOregon
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    #LetsGoOregonRaiders #NFLCometoOregon #Truth #WeirdPortland #WeirdOregon #NFL #OaklandRaiders #NewBlackHoleinPortland #BlackandSilverNation #cometoPortland #cometoOregon #OregonPride #PortlandPride

    #OregonIsBeautiful #OregonFootball #TheBestIdea 

  15. anonymousnevermindfishdeath says: Jan 31, 2016 5:08 AM

    I’m pretty divided over this game, I dislike the Broncos intensely – but I do have a soft spot for Peyton, I hope he’s just able to compete and not look like a fool (like last time)

  16. j0esixpack says: Jan 31, 2016 8:58 AM

    Best of luck to the Broncos in Super Bowl HGH – I think they’re going to need every PED available to pull this one off.

  17. troylok says: Jan 31, 2016 10:42 AM

    Kubiak has nothing to do with the defense’s succes and it’s questionable how much of the offense’s success (such as it is) could be attributed to Kubiak. His QB developed somewhere else under someone else’s system and a portion of those previous systems is still in the playbook. His running backs and blockers aren’t well-suited to a one cut running scheme. What makes this whole thing work is Elway’s ability to recognize talented players and get them on the Broncos’ roster. Kubiak – nice guy – but I don’t think he can take credit for this Superbowl trip.

  18. bullogne says: Jan 31, 2016 11:02 AM

    troylok says:
    Jan 31, 2016 10:42 AM
    Kubiak has nothing to do with the defense’s succes and it’s questionable how much of the offense’s success (such as it is) could be attributed to Kubiak. His QB developed somewhere else under someone else’s system and a portion of those previous systems is still in the playbook. His running backs and blockers aren’t well-suited to a one cut running scheme. What makes this whole thing work is Elway’s ability to recognize talented players and get them on the Broncos’ roster. Kubiak – nice guy – but I don’t think he can take credit for this Superbowl trip.

    —————————————————————–

    I couldn’t disagree more. Kubiak was in a no win situation, joining a 12-4 team that had little playoff success. The team’s number one goal was to make this team mentally tough to handle the big games and this Denver team has come through in spades in this regard. Kubiak was handed an ageing Peyton Manning who’s skills have eroded immensely. He made sure back up Osweiler had one full day of practice a week even when Manning was starting earlier this year. The job Kubiak did bringing a QB who never started a single game in his career and still the Broncos finished 12-4 and had the number one seed. Ask the Cowboys about how they handled losing Romo and their lack of success from that. BTW, the lack of running you say doesn’t equate to the stats. Hillman and Anderson have combined for almost 1600 yds rushing. I’d say that’s pretty successful. As for the defence, who do you think installed a 3-4 defence and hired Wade Phillips? This defence was the same roster that Jack Del Rio had the year before and the major difference from this year to last is…….coaching! The bottom line is this team is in the Super Bowl and no prognosticators had Denver going to the SB, most didn’t even have them winning over the Pats (twice BTW). Denver is in good hands with Kubiak!

  19. grogansheroes says: Jan 31, 2016 11:24 AM

    I don’t think this game is going to be much different than the last time the Donks were in it.

  20. surfinbird1 says: Jan 31, 2016 1:39 PM

    You mean like putting Vaseline on players arms, lying on the injury report about Jake Plummer, installing speakers in the helmets of the offensive line so they could get the signals remotely, or hire a lip reader to steal signals, and the list goes on and on.

  21. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Jan 31, 2016 2:09 PM

    The Panthers have beaten nobodies, Seattle has been dysfunctional all year and the Cardinals faded towards the end of the season. The Broncos will be their first real test this season.

  22. stexan says: Jan 31, 2016 6:37 PM

    What Kubiak is relying on is Wade Phillips defense.

    Who thinks it’s a good idea to take an aging Peyton Manning, change his entire game, and put him in a roll out offense?
    Kubiak
    You want to know why Denver played so many close games, and nearly lost to the Pats in the AFCCG?
    Kubiak.

    I swear the guy gets a field goal on his first drive and tells the defense : We’ve got the lead. You guys just hold’em for the last 58 minutes.
    If Phillips wasn’t such a nice guy he’d have gone Buddy Ryan on him at least once this year.

  23. jgedgar70 says: Feb 1, 2016 12:45 PM

    Great idea, Kub – go get advice from a coach who rode John Elway’s jersey to 2 titles, with little coaching impact. Way to make things easier for my Panthers.

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