Denver, CO -- The Denver Broncos announced their hire of Coach Gary Kubiak on Tuesday, with an official press conference at Dove Valley. Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager John Elway stated, “there is not a better guy to take over the Denver Broncos.”
Kubiak spoke on his relationship with star QB Peyton Manning, for whom the future is foggy. After another early playoff exit, many have questioned whether Manning should return for an 18th season. Manning himself has thrown that into doubt.
“We talked a couple of days ago at length," Kubiak said. "We talked a little bit last night via text and those type of things.…The thing I want to do, I want to be the best support system I can be for Peyton.”
Kubiak further emphasized his wish to support Manning.
“This is his time," Kubiak said. "This is his time, his decision. I need to be there for him in any way that I can. That’s what I plan on doing.” Elway echoed the sentiment, and discussed the other players involved in the team: “So my job, as I say, sure I want to try to help and do everything I can to help Peyton with his decision, but it’s also very important that we take care of those other guys that are under contract with us that are on this football team because they’re just as important.”
At this point, although Manning may or may not be a Bronco, the staff painted a bright picture for the future, with high expectations for success. In fact, the word “expectation(s)” was said no less than 11 times throughout the press conference.
“I know that each and every year this team is built—and the job that Joe [Ellis] and John [Elway] do—it’s with one reason and one reason only and that’s to win a championship," Kubiak said. "Fortunately, I was part of that. I was part of the last one [winning Super Bowl XXXIII in 1998]. I want to do that again. The thing I do understand in this business is that those things don’t just happen—you have to work to make those happen. I can’t wait to get started with a good group of coaches, a tremendous group of people that I believe in and trust in so much, and go out there and chase that next championship for the Broncos. Thank you so much for letting me to have the opportunity to do that.”
Kubiak did not address his defensive staff, but seemed eager and motivated to go to work. It is clear that the Broncos have high expectations for the future moving forward.