Monday, Gary Kubiak made good on his promise to address his future. Following the Denver Broncos 24-6 victory over the Oakland Raiders, Kubiak said that he would reveal his plans moving forward in a Monday presser.
He did that today, officially tendering his resignation as the Broncos head coach. In a statement released by the team, Kubiak reflected on the events and factors that led to his difficult decision.
“As I told our team last night, this is an extremely difficult decision to step down as head coach. I love to work and I love football, but ultimately the demands of the job are no longer a good fit for me.
“I gave everything I had to this team the last two seasons, but this year, in particular, has been tough on me. As hard as it is to leave this position, I know that it’s the best thing for myself, my family and the Denver Broncos.
“I’ve been blessed to spend more than two decades with the Broncos working for Mr. Bowlen and a great organization from top to bottom. I’m forever grateful to this team, in particular John Elway and Joe Ellis, for giving me the opportunity to serve as its head coach. There are countless others to thank, including players, coaches, personnel staff, trainers, support staff and fans.
“Although we fell short of our goals this year, I’m proud of our teams these past two seasons. Helping to bring Mr. Bowlen, his family and this organization its third Super Bowl is something that will always be very special to me.
“I’m not sure what my future holds, but I know that I’ll always consider myself a Bronco. This team is in good hands with a lot of outstanding people, and I expect great things ahead for the Denver Broncos.”
In 10 seasons as a head coach in the NFL, Kubiak has a career record of 87-77 (.534). In two seasons as Denver's head coach, Kubiak went 21-11 (.656), won three playoff games, and a Super Bowl Championship.
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Including his two seasons as the head coach, Kubiak spent 22 years of his football life with the Denver Broncos — nine more as a quarterback (1983-91) and 11 as offensive coordinator (1995-2005). He was the offensive coordinator on Denver's back-to-back Super Bowl Championships (1997-98).
Hired as the 15th head coach of the Denver Broncos, Kubiak's 24 total wins were the second most in the NFL over that two-year span. No coach in team history had more wins in his first two years as head coach than Kubiak. With 24 victories, Kubiak tied Red Miller’s previous mark from 1977-78.
Kubiak became just the fourth head coach in NFL history to lead his team to a World Championship in his first year, defeating the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50. His 15 total wins represents the most in team history for a coach in his first year.
Kubiak likes to use the word "special" to describe excellence. In that vein, it's clear how special Kubiak is and has been to the Denver Broncos.
Just as John Elway's hand has touched each of Denver's three Lombardi Trophies, so has Gary Kubiak's. Hats off to the one they call "Kube". And happy trails.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.