Broncos looking into expanding the role of Gary Kubiak

Broncos looking into expanding the role of Gary Kubiak

The Broncos are looking into expanding the role of senior personnel advisor Gary Kubiak, according to an NFL source. The former Broncos coach rejoined the franchise in July, just seven months after he resigned, to help with offensive talent evaluation, at quarterback especially.

General manager John Elway said at the time that the two had been in talks to keep Kubiak with the franchise in some capacity almost immediately after he stepped down. Joining the personnel department allowed Kubiak to stay involved in the game without dealing with the daily rigors of coaching.

Should his role change, as expected, Kubiak is likely to take on more responsibility in the front office and possibly even be involved in some capacity in helping the coaching staff.

“Football guys can’t stay away from football. My dad was the same way, so I knew Gary,” Elway said in July. “It was a matter of time before we were going to get him back working. I think the six months that he took off were good for him and now we’ll get him back in the fold.”

Almost exactly a year ago Kubiak informed Elway of his decision to step down from coaching after two seasons on the job in Denver. In his short time at the helm, he guided the Broncos to their third Super Bowl victory and recorded a 24-11 record.

Overall, Kubiak has spent 23 seasons with the Broncos, including nine as a backup quarterback, 11 as offensive coordinator, two as coach and, most recently, as senior personnel advisor. Rarely, if ever, has a former player climbed the ranks on the sideline and later joined the executive office of a single team. He and Elway have been a part of all three of the franchise’s Super Bowl titles.

After Sunday’s game against the Chiefs, the Broncos are expected to begin to retool the team, from the top down. Kubiak and Elway, along with director of player personnel Matt Russell, have already begun the process of evaluating the roster as they attended the Cotton Bowl on Friday to see potential quarterback prospect Sam Darnold. Elway and Russell earlier watched Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen in the Idaho Potato Bowl and will later see Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield at the Senior Bowl. But the more imminent decisions will have to be made about the coaching staff, and whether to retain head coach Vance Joseph and his assistants after a losing season and the Broncos’ second playoff-less campaign.

Published at Sun, 31 Dec 2017 03:23:31 +0000