Gary Kubiak: Broncos were playing to win, not to not lose or tie

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The Broncos could have easily played it safe, and walked out of their own stadium with a tie last night.

But Gary Kubiak was willing to risk a loss to try for the win.

One of today’s most-second-guessed calls is going to be his decision to let kicker Brandon McManus try a 62-yard field goal with a minute and eight seconds left in overtime, which could have won the game. Of course, the ensuing miss gave the Chiefs field position and enough time to get their own game-winner from kicker Cairo Santos.

“My thing is that we’re going to try to win around here,” Kubiak said in comments distributed by the team. “I made that decision and it just didn’t work out. I have a lot of confidence in Brandon. I have a lot of confidence in our football team. That’s why I made that decision. . . .

“It was very tough. The fact that we had no timeouts made me want to go in that direction. If you did have your timeouts maybe you think about punting it down there and see if you can get the ball back. I don’t know. We’re going to try to win. I’ve seen ‘B-Mac’ do that many times in practice. It’s on me. I just gave them a chance. I thought we could do it and we didn’t get it done. Give them credit.”

McManus said before the game his range was around 60, and the wind had died down early this morning when it turned to overtime. His long field goal this season was 55 yards and his career long was 57, but kickers often find extra distance at altitude and in pressure situations. Then again, maybe he already has, and Kubiak was pushing him beyond range out of sheer hope.

Of course, the thing Kubiak could have done rather than kick or punt was to leave his offense on the field and try to get a first down. Quarterback Trevor Siemian was playing efficiently in the second half, and their chances at that might not have been much worse. Even an incomplete pass would have saved them 8 yards of field position, and there’s a chance they could have made the Chiefs go even farther with the clock ticking, which hasn’t been their specialty.

15 responses to “Gary Kubiak: Broncos were playing to win, not to not lose or tie

  1. I am with Kube’s on this one(and I can’t believe I just said that).

    As Herm Edwards once said “YOU PLAY…TO WIN…THE GAME!”

    Punting the ball would mean you are satisfied with a tie, no coach worth having would EVER be satisfied with a tie.

  2. Thanks Gary for the early Christmas present!! The Chiefs will return the favor Christmas Night when they END your 2016 season at Arrowhead!!

    How ‘Bout that ALEX SMITH!

  3. Kubiak should stop trying put lipstick on a pig. How he chose to handle that was patently moronic, and anyone even the tiniest capacity for foresight could see that he was botching it when he sent the kicker out.

    Still worst, Kubiak’s defense of his bungling seems to show he *still* hasn’t learned from his error.

    Epic Fail, Kubes.

  4. Kubes gifted KC a win last night. As for the awesome defensive struggle Collinsworth kept gushing about, Denver’s putrid offense clipped the Chiefs for nearly 500 yards while Denver limited KC to 270 total yds. There was only one defense out there last night.

  5. Broncos were playing to win, Reid (my favorite NFL coach) was playing to not lose.

    Alex Smith bailed him out this time on that overtime tie. Yes their Oline is a dumpster fire, and that’s against mediocre pass rushes, but everybody knew that 1st down was going to be a run. Just wasting a down cause the Broncos started to stack the box for 2 yards or no gain.

  6. Collinsworth needs to get semian out of his mouth. gushing over the donkeys all night long.
    crap team that wont even make the playoffs!

  7. darkbaconlips says:
    Nov 28, 2016 10:56 AM
    Kubes gifted KC a win last night. As for the awesome defensive struggle Collinsworth kept gushing about, Denver’s putrid offense clipped the Chiefs for nearly 500 yards while Denver limited KC to 270 total yds. There was only one defense out there last night.

    Okay, you can have all the stats, Chiefs will take the win. There, will that help you sleep better?

  8. I’m tired of hearing it from fans and I’m tired of hearing it from pundits. The truth is that the broncos and the Kubiac got outplayed and out coached, but only ever so slightly. Nobody wants to give Ried or smith credit for organizing and executing an incredible comeback. The Chiefs have been banged up and are coming off of a tough loss at home and playing in a tough environment with thin air. The Broncos didn’t lose the game, the Chiefs won it.

  9. That kick was a 1% chance type kick even in mile high, coachs gotta do what’s best for his team not put them in horrible positions. The defense had just given up a long touchdown to get to OT gonna put em on the again in basically a turnover position…..

  10. Funny how all the writers can’t wait to gush over Seimian and “how he’s learning to become a good NFL QB” and how he put up over 300 yards passing. What they fail to mention is Denver was coming off a bye week, their entire team was healthy and they were playing at home. While KC was without Dee Ford, Poe, Maclin, Charles, and almost their whole starting defensive front and still managed to pull out a win on the road. Can you just imagine what the Chiefs will look like if they were healthy had all their starters including Jamal Charles? Come playoff time and if the Chiefs can get a bye the first week I’d say no team would want to face that KC Defense with Houston and Ford coming at you from both sides. Can you imagine a backfield with Jamal Charles and Spencer Ware and have Tyrek Hill and Maclin with Kelce healthy?

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