Broncos to interview Kubiak

AP

On Sunday night, Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak removed his name from consideration for head-coaching jobs.  On Monday, the Broncos’ head-coaching job became available.

And now Kubiak has become available.

Per multiple reports (and to no surprise), Kubiak will interview for the job this weekend.  He spent nine years as a backup quarterback behind John Elway and then, after two years at his alma mater of Texas A&M, 11 seasons as a Broncos assistant.

It won’t be a shock if Kubiak gets the job.  But it will be at least a little awkward.  Apart from Kubiak’s rollout-based passing game and a quarterback who lacks the mobility to pull it off, Kubiak’s Texans didn’t want Manning three years ago, when he wanted to play for the Texans.

So get ready for plenty of revisionist history in the coming days, with reports citing unnamed sources that, for example, Kubiak wanted Peyton but G.M. Rick Smith and/or owner Bob McNair didn’t.

69 responses to “Broncos to interview Kubiak

  1. Excellent. This is the guy for the Bronco’s, no matter what Peyton wants.

    With all due respect… it’s time to build the future without Peyton, even if he comes back.

  2. There is a lot of revisionist history with the decision to stick with Matt Schaub over Peyton Manning. Schaub in 2011 had a passer rating of 96.8. In 2012 he had his best season with 4000 passer yards. At the time there was no reason to be aggressively seeking a new QB with a gimpy neck that may not have ever played again.

  3. Kubiak is willing to play second fiddle to Elway again? I guess sometimes familiar roles feel the best .

  4. Kubiak??? Hire a head coach that can get the most out of an under-performing defense and let Peyton hire his own OC. Do that, or concede that the Super Bowl quest is over.

  5. If John Fox was smart enough to let Peyton run what he is comfortable with, I’m sure Kubiak will be smart enough to not make Manning run bootlegs all day. C’mon, common sense please.

  6. Del Rio – 68-71, 2 playoff appearances in 9 years with Jacksonville

    Kubiak – 61-64, 2 playoff appearances in 9 years with Houston

    Not too much difference between the two, but I don’t think there’ll be the same criticism of the Burros if they hire Kubiak as there was of the Raiders for hiring Del Rio (and as a Raider fan, I personally was okay with the Del Rio hire although he wasn’t my first choice).

  7. Nothing awkward to see here. When Kubiak was in Houston, Matt Schaub was not yet in full, rapid decline and no one was certain what Manning had left, post surgery. In retrospect, Manning might’ve made the Texans AFC Title contenders but it’s hard to believe that he would harbor a grudge against Kubiak and it’s even harder to believe the Broncos would make the hire if Manning returns in 2016 with grudge intact.

  8. MF: “So get ready for plenty of revisionist history in the coming days, with reports citing unnamed sources that, for example, Kubiak wanted Peyton but G.M. Rick Smith and/or owner Bob McNair didn’t.”
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    How would that be revisionist? When was it ever established that it was Kubiak who didn’t want Manning?

  9. Kubiak will do what he does best… Make the run game work for your team. Peyton, if he stays in Denver, will make all the throws. And the Broncos will be a more balanced team.

  10. First question asked:
    “Why in the world did you call a long pass with plenty of time to move the ball on that last drive?”

  11. jjackwagon says: Jan 16, 2015 11:00 AM

    Kubiak is willing to play second fiddle to Elway again? I guess sometimes familiar roles feel the best

    No doubt. I can’t believe any team can even get a HC knowing that they’ll be second fiddle to the GM. Shoot, they might even have to play second fiddle to the owner. Or are you insinuating that Gary thought he was coming to Denver to replace Elway at QB when he was playing? Derp.

  12. If I remember right, the Texans didn’t have the money to give to Peyton. They would have had to unload good players to bring him on so it didn’t make sense for them at the time. Had they known Schaub would suck big time, I’m sure they would’ve have welcomed PM with open arms.

    I’m all for Kubiak being the HC. Screw what PM thinks. He has maybe another year so you HAVE to find a coach for 2016 & beyond

  13. Who was that coach that San Diego hired after Marty Schottenheimer was fired after the Chargers didn’t get to the Super Bowl after being 15-1 in the regular season? What direction did San Diego go after that?

    Who was the coach hired after Houston let go Bum Phillips because they couldn’t go all the way? What direction did the Oilers go after that?

    Notice a pattern?

    If I were a coach I’d be wary of accepting the job in Denver.

  14. So get ready for plenty of revisionist history in the coming days, with reports citing unnamed sources that, for example, Kubiak wanted Peyton but G.M. Rick Smith and/or owner Bob McNair didn’t.
    ————————————————————
    Let’s see:

    – No one knew if Manning would come back healthy again.

    – Teams knew if Manning did come back he would want the same salary as he had in Indy, which he of course took with Denver.

    – The Texans had a ton of cap issues and wouldn’t have been able to pay him without gutting the team.

    – They won 10 games the year before with Schaub (and finished 12-4 after Manning went to Denver – including a win over Manning IN Denver.)

    – Manning only said the Texans were ONE of the teams he wouldn’t mind playing for – it certainly wasn’t a case that he was banging their door down to play there. Now THAT’S revisionist history.

    To sit there and just say that Kubiak didn’t want him is the revisionist history.

  15. This article is amusing. I love all the slander about Elway and the Broncos in the comments. Most by people that would trade their management and roster in a heartbeat for the Broncos.

    Raider fans slamming the Broncos?

    How rich…..the Raiders are wondering who the Broncos will get as a DC os they know who their next coach will be.

    personally, i am thrilled to see someone say….a good record isn’t enough we want to win Super Bowls

  16. He’s gone I’m afraid. Otherwise why even take the interview? It would appear that the right situation has presented itself for Kubiak. Shame for the Ravens but glad for Gary.

  17. No Lombardi from that group is jaw dropping and beautiful.

    If Manning has another season or two in him, Elway does not want them. Onto the Brock Osweiler era.

  18. Shows how desirable the Bears head coaching job was when he was asked to interview! He ran back to his OC job in Baltimore quicker than John Clayton’s honeymoon night.

  19. Is it just me or does it seem like a lot of these coaching moves this year had the wheels in motion well before the end of the season? Especially regarding the Broncos and Bears. Supposedly at least some of the Broncos players knew Fox was on his way out even before their last playoff game, and conveniently enough, the Bears hadn’t moved terribly quickly to fill their position before then. Meanwhile, Kubiak basically told the Bears to jump in Lake Michigan when they asked him about coming to Chicago, but now that it’s the Broncos he’s back on the market?

    Not saying there was tampering going on – and as a Bears fan I certainly hope there wasn’t – but it does raise questions.

  20. Kubiak is by far THE best overall fit, for the Denver Broncos. I really hope they hire him. And if hired, Kube will be taking a couple of more Raven staff members with him. So be ready Baltimore.

  21. Kubiak will get the Denver running game averaging close to 5 ypc. CJ Anderson will be a beast. Manning and the Broncos will work to gather to mesh a playbook that will be explosive. If Gase stays that is a lot of offense firepower working together.

  22. I’m not sold on Gase as HC material yet. Leave Gase at OC, (he is under contract) Make Kubiak HC. Now you have an older veteran QB, and a zone blocking scheme that can run the ball. The same recipe that worked in 97 and 98.
    Manning is happy with Gase and it will mean minimal disruption for him and make him more likely to return for a year or two.

    What they do need, however, is some chemistry and soul on that defense. They have the talent, they lack the “I’d follow that guy into hell” leader. Marshall, Miller, Ware, Harris Jr, Ward….great players but none of them raise the level of everyone around them like a JJ Watt or Ray Lewis.

  23. ragnarthemagnificent says:
    Jan 16, 2015 11:35 AM
    If Peyton Manning was coming back they wouldn’t have fired all the coaches. Think about it.
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    Unless Peyton had a hand in those coaches being fired…hmmm??

  24. If Kubiak is in search of the Super Bowl, this year tells us he has a better chance with the Ravens.

    Forget the regular season. We all know its only about getting into the tournament. Ravens made it just as far and arguably were closer to making it further and doing so on the road.

    Don’t go Gary. You said it yourself. “We are building something special”

  25. crownofthehelmet says:
    Jan 16, 2015 11:11 AM
    First question asked:
    “Why in the world did you call a long pass with plenty of time to move the ball on that last drive?”
    ————————————————————–

    Is Flacco a potted plant? No, Kubiak called a play with several options and Joe Flacco made a bone headed decision.

  26. I don’t get all the Bronco/Elway bashing for his firing of Fox and moving forward with possibly Kubiak? You think he appreciated Fox telling his media lackey, Jay Glazer to make it known before the Denver game that he would be available for other coaching jobs, just hours before kickoff? Or that in addition to getting killed in the Super Bowl, Fox was 2-3in home playoff games? The goal should always be to win the Super Bowl not just 12 – 13 games and division championships, I love it that Elway was as pissed off as all the fans! We have no idea what the offense might look like with a healthy Peyton under Kubiak and if he decides to retire then we move on with another QB, Gary has proved he is great offensive mind and I like that once again John will be messing with Baltimore.

  27. Great Offensive coordinator, overwhelmed as coach. Never seemed to have his team prepared in big games. Got outcoached, with regularity, when up against top coaches in the league that had less talent than the texans. Super nice guy, Htown born. Glad he is gone though.

    Signed,
    Htown.

  28. steeltroll says:
    Jan 16, 2015 12:08 PM
    crownofthehelmet says:
    Jan 16, 2015 11:11 AM
    First question asked:
    “Why in the world did you call a long pass with plenty of time to move the ball on that last drive?”
    ————————————————————–

    Is Flacco a potted plant? No, Kubiak called a play with several options and Joe Flacco made a bone headed decision.
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    People giving thumbs down to this. You must be Steelers fans or Ravens fans who think Haley or Kubiak is at fault every time Ben or Joe does something stupid. Flacco admitted it was his choice and his fault. Live in reality.

  29. Anyone who didn’t see that Denver was never going to win a SB with Uncle Foxy hasn’t been watching this team play the last three years. Routinely out coached, out prepared, out hustled.

    They got the wins they did based on talent not on scheme or preparation.

    With that said, I think that identifies the main key difference between Manning and Brady. Both are talented, both are football smart. Brady fires his guys up to play out of their minds, Manning just gives the “I ate a skunk sprayed lemon” scowl. Denver needs someone on that team, coach or player, to raise the level of the fight in the dog. With exception of the San Diego game 3 years ago, EVERYTIME, this team hit adversity they rolled over and quit. No heart, no passion, no fire.
    Fox just gave a pat on the head and a “get em next time champ, how about a soda?”

  30. No, Kubiak called a play with several options and Joe Flacco made a bone headed decision.
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    Why even have a deep option in that situation?

  31. crownofthehelmet says:
    Jan 16, 2015 12:43 PM
    No, Kubiak called a play with several options and Joe Flacco made a bone headed decision.
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    Why even have a deep option in that situation?
    ____________________________________

    In case the deep option is open? To make the defense defend the whole field? To stretch the safety or safeties so something opens up in the middle? Come on, Crown.

  32. Hold on, Adam Gase needs a job. Is he going to stay on as OC? How about Gase as HC and Koobs as OC?
    ===========================

    The Ravens can block a move like that. Kubiak can only leave if he gets a promotion to head coach.

  33. Kubiak called a play with several options and Joe Flacco made a bone headed decision.
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    Why even have a deep option in that situation?
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    I would wager there is a deep option on every play, depending on the coverage

  34. Kubiak would be a poor hire for Denver’s head coaching job. Hiring your buddies (John Elway’s buddy) – SO, as a Chiefs fan, I HOPE DENVER HIRES HIM.

  35. Glad to see the Ravens losing their first real OC in years. And if he hires little shanny it will take aways harbaugh’s backup choice from last year.

    Denver is a good fit for Kubiak. He will have that job for a long as he wants.

  36. Let’s churn things shall we?

    1. Kubiak announced as HC of the Broncos

    2. the next day, Gase announces he’ll seek opportunities elsewhere…HC of some college team

    3. one week later, Manning announces his retirement

    4. speculation ensues about QB position and Broncos draft trades to get Winston or Mariota

    5. instead, Broncos focus on defense early in draft. Offense will concentrate on run game

    6. Kubiak advises Elway to select either Carden or Petty in the 4th round for competition at position

    7. Broncos trade their 27th pick of Round 6 to the Cleveland Browns for former Heisman winner, Johnny Manziel…everyone screams “YES!” in Cleveland and everyone screams “NO!” in Denver.

    8. ex-scrambling QB John Elway (and former party animal, per the locals) smiles at this controversial trade. Strategies form to reign in public perception

    9. Koobs is thrilled at the thought of Manziel executing the bootleg, recalling past accounts of Steve Young and Elway scrambling

    10. a championship team is building in Denver…Cleveland goes 4-12 in 2015 and fires coach Pettine with Farmer looking over his shoulder

  37. I don’t care what Manning wants. We have seen all we are going to of Manning and it’s not good enough. He needs to retire. Kubiak has what he needs for his scheme in Osweiler who may or may not be any good. Give Brock a year and if he tanks draft a QB the following year but NO MORE Manning.

    Oh and to the guy above me, NO WAY do they trade for Johnny Bust.

  38. Who do the Broncos fans think is out there to replace Manning? Even a declining PFM is better than 2/3rd ‘s of the league’s QB’s!! You all are acting like spoiled brats. Temper your expectations a bit. Manning had an off game in the loss to the Colts, but did Ware and Miller play? I didn’t see them making any plays if they were on the field. The guy threw 39 TD’s. I am starting to think you deserve a Tebow like season again….8-8 every year ought to show you.

  39. Let’s not forget about how “humbled” he was to be considered for HC positions and that he had to turn them down because they were building “something special” in Baltimore and he wanted to be a part of it. What a load of crap. The fact that he’s talking to the Broncos less than a week after spewing that garbage calls his character into question. A hypocritical opportunist that cares only about his position will poison the team. Good luck with that.

  40. All of Elway’s great off season acquistions didn’t bring him a championship. So it had to be the coaching. He’s such a great GM that if his next coach goes Super Bowl-less after a couple years, it’s back to the pool of coaches for another model.

  41. steelers fans what the ravens did or did not do does not concern you.you where already OUT.Ravens will figure it out with or with out Kubiak.always do….see ya all in playoffs next year…

  42. overratedsteelerhater says:
    Jan 16, 2015 2:40 PM
    steelers fans what the ravens did or did not do does not concern you.you where already OUT.Ravens will figure it out with or with out Kubiak.always do….see ya all in playoffs next year…
    ____________________________________
    Who else thinks this comment is dumb? As a Steelers fan, I’d say what the Ravens do or do not do is of great concern.

  43. I would wager there is a deep option on every play, depending on the coverage
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    Not in a running set, which I’ll argue is what they should have been doing in that situation, at least a few times to keep them honest and to leave Brady as little time as possible.

  44. Kubiak won’t bring a Super Bowl to Houston. The AFC should have went through Houston in 2012. The Texans and the Ravens should have an AFC tie for home-field advantage.

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