Gary Kubiak Non-Committal About His Desire To Continue As Denver's Head Coach

Does Gary Kubiak still want to be the Head Coach of the Denver Broncos?

I've been saying it for weeks. The only way Gary Kubiak does not return as the head coach of the Denver Broncos in 2017 and beyond is if he doesn't want to. 

Amid rampant calls for his head from the fanbase, Kubiak has stayed the course, choosing to focus his efforts on the last game of the Broncos season — a fitting finale vs. the Oakland Raiders Following the Broncos Friday practice, Kubiak was asked about his desire to continue coaching, specifically as Denver's head man. 

“Why, do I look bad? (laughs) Yes, you know that I love this league," Kubiak said. "I love the Broncos. I love to work. I’m all in on the Raiders right now. There will be time for reflection and all of that stuff next week, but right now it’s time to focus on what we’re doing.”

Time for reflection. The way Kubiak worded that could lead one to believe that he does have doubts about continuing to coach at the highest level of football. 

If he does have doubts, it wouldn't be surprising. After all, he was diagnosed with a complex migraine condition in October that caused extreme weakness and fatigue, forcing him to miss Denver's Week 6 road trip to San Diego. 

The complex migraine episode came three years after he suffered a mini-stroke while he was the head coach of the Houston Texans. These illnesses can be stress-related, and being the head coach of any NFL team, let alone a team less than one year removed from winning the Super Bowl, is as demanding as any job in the world. 

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I'm sure Kubiak and John Elway will have a long talk when the season is over. Elway is sure to want to make some changes, after such a disappointing season wherein the Broncos offense, for the first time since 1966, scored 10 points or less in three consecutive games. 

The offense has been Kubiak's baby, but that's where the rubber meets the road in terms of what needs to change at Dove Valley. Who's to say that whatever Elway proposes, Kubiak will be on board?

After everything he's dealt with personally, perhaps Kubiak doesn't want to trek down the path of change, even if hiring a new coordinator to run the offense would take a lot of headache off his shoulders. 

Time will tell. For now, Kubiak remains the head coach of the Denver Broncos. And for what it's worth, I hope he remains with the team. He has personified and fulfilled Elway's "kicking and screaming" ideal, even if 2016 didn't shake out the way the Broncos expected it to. 

But when you lose a five-time NFL MVP at quarterback, and several key pieces to an all-time defense, while trotting out a first-time starter under center just 16 months removed from being drafted in the seventh round, all bets are off. 

Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.

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