John Elway: Gary Kubiak Will Take Week 6 Off

The Broncos will be without their head coach in Week 6.

Following the Denver Broncos Week 5 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, head coach Gary Kubiak did his usual post-game presser. And then he was promptly rushed to the hospital with "flu-like symptoms".

Kubiak would stay over night and be diagnosed with "a complex migraine condition that caused extreme fatigue and body weakness". He was given medication and discharged Monday afternoon.

Vice President of Football Operations John Elway held a press conference Monday afternoon and the question regarding Kubiak's availability this week was answered, as the Broncos travel on a short week to take on the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night. 

“He’s going to have this week off," Elway said. "He’s going to be back on Monday, but he’s going to take this week and take care of some of those issues and find out if there are some different triggers. When it comes down to Gary’s health, everybody is excited about what the prognosis is."

The excitement Elway is referring to is that Kubiak's condition was not stroke related or something worse than a complex migraine, which is bad enough in its own right. The man to steer the ship this week in Kubiak's stead? Special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis. Elway explained why the Broncos decided on DeCamillis. 

"Gary and I talked about the least disruptive situation, and that would be Joe," Elway said. "We’ll have [Offensive Coordinator] Rick Dennison handle the offense, [Defensive Coordinator] Wade [Phillips] will handle the defense and Joe will handle the special teams. Joe has worked very closely with Gary in game management situations, as well as [Director of Analytics] Mitch Tanney, so we thought that was the best and easiest way to handle that situation. Joe has a tremendous amount of experience, too. Obviously the coordinators will also be involved with that, too. Joe we think will do a tremendous job this week.”

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Kubiak's absence leaves questions on who will call the offensive plays in San Diego. Kubiak traditionally has handled that. The duty will fall to OC Rick Dennison. 

“Rico is going to start with it," Elway said. "They all work together anyway, so it’s always collaborative. I’m sure it will stay that way with all of the offensive coaches having input in that, but Rick will be the lead play caller on the offensive side right now. And he’s done a lot of it anyway. It’s been collaborative up this point, so that should be very seamless, too.”

The last time the Broncos were faced with a sick head coach and an interim head coach was at the helm, Jack Del Rio guided the Broncos to a 3-1 record in 2013. Although the Broncos coaching staff is replete with experience, let's hope DeCamillis will not be faced with the head coaching duties beyond Week 6. 

Update: Gary Kubiak released a statement via the team. 

“I’m feeling much better and am thankful for everyone’s thoughts and well-wishes. It’s tough not being there with our team this week, but I’ve got great confidence in Joe D, our coordinators and coaching staff, and all of our players.

“Greek and the medical team did an outstanding job taking care of me and getting this figured out. I’ve made a lot of positive changes health-wise in recent years and will continue to listen to doctors.

“I’ll be at home this week, resting and getting healthy, and I look forward to rejoining our team on Monday.”

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