Gary Kubiak won’t be the Broncos offensive coordinator

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During his introductory press conference on Thursday, new Broncos head coach Vic Fangio declined to talk about reports that Gary Kubiak would be the team’s offensive coordinator because nothing had been finalized yet.

That allows Fangio to avoid any backtracking on Friday. While General Manager John Elway talked about Kubiak staying in the organization as if it was a done deal, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Kubiak will not be on Fangio’s staff and will be leaving the team.

Per the report, talks broke down over differences regarding staffing and offensive philosophies.

The news comes shortly after word that the Broncos are trying to add Mike Munchak to their staff after interviewing him for their head coaching job. Mike Klis of KUSA confirmed that Kubiak is leaving the team and reports that Munchak is under consideration as an offensive line coach rather than offensive coordinator.

39 responses to “Gary Kubiak won’t be the Broncos offensive coordinator

  1. Interesting development. Well I hope the Broncos choose an innovative young mind to be the OC. And I also hope that they can get Munchak in for some role.

  2. if Munch is only going to be OL coach for the Broncos the Steelers don’t have to allow him to leave. Now, if the Broncos make him OC it would be a promotion and the Steelers couldn’t stop him.

  3. Probably for the better, is it a bit odd to have an ex HC now on as OC. Not sure if that would have been be a problem going forward. Kubiak is a fantastic offensive mind but Kubiak was the top dog as recent as 2016 and im sure there are some players left over. These are two brilliant veteran coaches but it could get fuzzy if they are split on an issue on offense. While I am sure Kubiak would have had autonomy over the offense, its still Fangio’s team. Elway had that planned before Fangio took over, probably should have ran it by him more in depth first. Kubiak has worked with Elway forever, as a backup, as his OC, as his coach and as an assistant in the front office. I am sure there is more to this though then philosophic differences. Not sure if its a Fangio/Kubiak thing or an Elway/Kubiak thing. If GK wants to run an offense somewhere he can get a gig no problem.

  4. Miami, do what you need to and bring Kubiak in! Even if you are going with Richard or Flores as the HC, you NEED an OC like Kubiak, let him do what he wants, he’s the only decent option left.

  5. if Munch is only going to be OL coach for the Broncos the Steelers don’t have to allow him to leave. Now, if the Broncos make him OC it would be a promotion and the Steelers couldn’t stop him.
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    That is my understanding as well.

  6. It was nice on paper, but the offense wasn’t exactly lighting it up his last 2 years with the team. So I’m not too bummed. Flacco + Kub mightve been nice though

  7. Actually, Munchak’s contract is up (or will be up shortly) in Pgh. The Steelers cannot prevent him from taking any job in Denver (but for the contract expiration, they could prevented him from leaving for any position other than HC, unless his contract allows him to leave for a promotion). I’m sure Fangio will make him HC of Offense and then bring in a QB guy to design pass plays (watch for Jedd Fisch or Bill Lazor).

    Why would Munchak join Broncos? His daughter lives in Denver; he and Fangio grew up in Scranton PA and are close; and the Steelers are turning into a dumpster fire.

  8. Maybe Fangio didn’t want Elway’s alter ego looking over his shoulder. I can see that keeping Kubiak from being OC, but why leave the team altogether?
    Something sounds wrong with this.

  9. Reportedly, Munchak’s contract is up and thus Denver wouldn’t even technically have to ask the Steelers’ permission to interview him.

  10. Why would Pittsburgh allow a Lateral move? I was under the impression and assistant under contract could not make a lateral move without permission.

  11. The NFL doesn’t delineate between coordinators and assistant coaches. The promotion would have to be to a Head Coach. Otherwise an assistant coach under contract cannot interview for a lateral position, this includes OL coaches interviewing for OC positions.

  12. Rift between the GM and new HC about various positions before the new coach even puts on a hat? Who’s in charge here?

  13. I would rather watch paint dry than watch Kubiak’s caveman offense. Denver dodged a bullet.

  14. thudsp says:
    January 11, 2019 at 4:53 pm
    Why would Pittsburgh allow a Lateral move? I was under the impression and assistant under contract could not make a lateral move without permission.

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    Operative words being “under contract.” He is not.

    Want him to stay, but tired of this with him each offseason (last year with the Cards). If he leaves for an OC role, good for him on getting the promotion (although not sure I’d want him being the OC on my team — seems better focusing on o-line). If he leaves to be an o-line coach, then whatever. Hopefully Shaun Sarrett’s been paying attention.

  15. MY FAVORITE SOAP OPERA CONTINUES……AS THE BRONCOS WORLD TURNS….. sure looks like it’s got at least 1 more season but I’m guessing it will play on a few years more than that before it gets canceled completely…..

  16. He’s no where NEAR what the Bronco’s need in an OC or HC.

    Not even close. Vanilla, plain, predictable… and without Payton Manning…. very very beatable every week.

    Nice guy… mediocre coach

  17. Munchak does not have a contract with the Steelers. He is essentially a free agent right now and they cannot block him from a lateral move if he so chooses.

  18. daburgher says:
    January 11, 2019 at 4:25 pm
    Please dont go Munchak! you are our only good coach in Pittsburgh and should be at the helm
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    22-26, great record…I pray that the Steelers fire Tomlin and replace him with Munchak too. Then their destruction will be complete.

  19. campcouch says:
    January 11, 2019 at 8:22 pm
    daburgher says:
    January 11, 2019 at 4:25 pm
    Please dont go Munchak! you are our only good coach in Pittsburgh and should be at the helm
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    22-26, great record…I pray that the Steelers fire Tomlin and replace him with Munchak too. Then their destruction will be complete.

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    Yeah, there’s a lot of praise going around for Munchak, whose only claim to fame is that Big Ben likes him.

  20. Fangio didn’t want Kubiak, Elway’s best friend, on his staff. Why knowingly employ a spy that will go over your head and report directly to your boss? Fangio has been around long enough to know how NFL politics work and he’d rather bring in his own guy as OC for no other reason than loyalty. As a Broncos fan, I don’t blame him one bit.

  21. Surprising news. Kubes never struck me as an offensive master mind. Very old school and conservative. Denver isn’t built for three yards and a cloud of dust. What this move implies is that Elway really wanted Fangio, enough to keep Kubiak in administration if at all.

  22. Happy for Vic Fangio that he is getting to do it “his” way. He so longed to be a HC I was worried Elway would interfere too much. Good luck Vic & the Broncos except when you play us.

  23. Have you ever seen so many coaches being hired, then fired a few days later. or someone hired then quits, or reported hired but chooses another job before the a contract is signed. This is strange time in both college and pro football!

  24. The Broncos offense was terrible the two years that Kubiak was HC. I don’t recall his offenses in Houston being all that great, either.

  25. You B. Crazy says:
    January 11, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Fangio didn’t want Kubiak, Elway’s best friend, on his staff. Why knowingly employ a spy that will go over your head and report directly to your boss? Fangio has been around long enough to know how NFL politics work and he’d rather bring in his own guy as OC for no other reason than loyalty. As a Broncos fan, I don’t blame him one bit.

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    This is how nepotists think, winners want the best guy. What if Kubs said he was doing a good job? Now he’s on his own as a first time 60 year old coach

  26. This is strange time in both college and pro football! – alongthegulf

    You got that right. Im used to turnover every year, but, this year in particular is just strange. Not all of the coaches will pan out. I’m hoping my Broncos just call these next couple of years what they will be, rebuilding seasons. This team has a lot of youth and potential, but, no QB. It’s going to take time to right the ship.

    Back to your point though, nutty times indeed.

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