Once a backup for John Elway in Denver, Gary Kubiak could help his former mentor get a much-desired third Superbowl ring.
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Gary Kubiak, the offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens, is expected to become the head coach of the Denver Broncos should be receive an offer.
Adam Schefter of ESPN was the first to report that there is a mutual desire between Kubiak and Broncos General Manager John Elway for Kubiak to become the Broncos’ next head coach and that Kubiak would accept the job if it is offered to him.
Ravens OC Gary Kubiak plans to take Broncos HC job if it is offered to him, per sources. Kubiak is believed to be… http://t.co/seLY48m5a5
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 18, 2015
Kubiak and Elway have been joined at the hip for years – both of them joined the Broncos as teammates in 1983, Elway was the starter, Kubiak was his backup. Kubiak retired in 1991 and rejoined the Broncos in 1995 as the team’s offensive coordinator and QBs coach under head coach Mike Shanahan. Together, the pair won two Superbowls in 1997 and 1998. After Elway retired, Kubiak stayed on in Denver until 2005, when he became the head coach of the Houston Texans. As head coach of the Texans, Kubiak led the team to its first (and so far only) winning seasons and playoff berths in franchise history. Kubiak was fired in 2013 and joined the Baltimore Ravens as offensive coordinator in 2014. In his first year with Baltimore, the team set a franchise record for points scored. Following last week’s playoff loss by the Ravens, Kubiak claimed that he was happy as the offensive coordinator in Baltimore and wouldn’t leave for a head-coaching opportunity this year. However, the following day the Broncos fired head coach John Fox, opening the door for a reunion between Kubiak and Elway. Kubiak is so heavily favored for the job that other candidates have reportedly begun dropping out of the race.
On #Broncos coach search: Candidates were so convinced Gary Kubiak is getting the job after hearing John Elway that several pulled out
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 18, 2015