Gary Kubiak has lived, breathed and embodied Denver Broncos football for nearly three decades, doing everything in his power during that time to adhere to the winning culture that Broncos Country has come to expect. Unfortunately, Kubiak's time in Denver appears to be coming to a close.
Kubiak's reported decision comes after suffering what was called a mini-stroke while the Head Coach of the Houston Texans in 2013 and being diagnosed with a complex migraine condition following the Denver's Week 5 loss to the Atlanta Falcons earlier this season, after he was rushed to the hospital for flu-like symptoms.
When asked about his desire to continue coaching on Friday, Kubiak was non-committal.
“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.”
Kubiak has a 20-11 record as the head guy in Denver, including the most important record of all — 3-0 in the playoffs — including the drubbing of the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50.
While the defense has carried Denver to it's success these past two seasons, Kubiak navigated one of the stickiest QB controversies we've ever seen expertly, inserting Peyton Manning into the lineup in the second half of their Week 17 matchup against the San Diego Chargers and never looking back.
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Kubiak's departure will leave a hole that John Elway didn't think he'd have to fill, not this season at least.
Many in the fan base have called for Kubiak's head following a season that featured disastrous offensive line play at times, a non existent run game and a young QB who regressed over the second half of the season. The team faded and was eventually eliminated from playoff contention.
Whatever you may think of Kubiak, he was instrumental in all three of the Denver Broncos Super Bowl championships. In fact, the Broncos are 3-0 in Super Bowls when Kubiak was coaching for them, but are winless when he hasn't been on the coaching staff. Whether he coaches in the NFL again or whether this is indeed the end of the line, Kubiak will be dearly missed, not only in Denver but throughout the NFL.
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