They call it serendipity. Gary Kubiak is coming home. He and John Elway are getting the band back together, in an effort to repeat the Denver Broncos Super Bowl-winning history they shared in the late '90s.
The Denver Post is reporting that the Broncos are finalizing a 4-year deal that will make Kubiak the head coach of the team he once played for, after sending a massive delegation to Houston to interview him. Kubiak will be the 15th coach in franchise history.
The team expects to introduce him on Tuesday. The move comes in time for the Senior Bowl this week, and in plenty of time to prepare for the NFL Combine and draft.
The terms of the deal are not known yet. Elway targeted his guy and like usual, managed to close the deal against all odds. Kubiak was in the running for several other head coaching vacancies, before he withdrew his name from consideration.
Kubiak made it clear that he was content to remain the offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens and that although he was flattered by the interest, he wasn't ready to become a head coach again. Yet.
But John Elway always gets his guy. It will be interesting to see how Kubiak fills out his staff. Of greatest import are whom he'll tap to coordinate the offense and defense. Will he keep Adam Gase around to make Peyton Manning comfortable?
Or will he turn to his quarterbacks coach and former offensive coordinator with the Houston Texans, Rick Dennison? We'll know soon enough.
On defense, Kubiak has several options. One is Wade Phillips, who happens to be available. He was Kubiak's defensive coordinator in Houston from 2011-13 and the 11th head coach of the Denver Broncos.
It's unclear what this means for Manning. Based on John Elway's comments in his presser last Tuesday, Manning likely had some input on the Kubiak hire. Together, Manning and Kubiak can find some common ground and a lot of success on the grid-iron.