The Denver Broncos don’t have a head coach yet, but whoever is selected is likely to be working with Gary Kubiak as offensive coordinator.
The Denver Broncos don’t have a new head coach yet, but there’s a growing sense that Gary Kubiak is not only going to stay with the team, but there’s also an ‘expectation’ he will return to the sidelines as an offensive coordinator.
That’s according to Mike Klis, who had this to say in his column:
"“By all accounts, Klint Kubiak is ready for a promotion to quarterback coach while his father, Gary Kubiak, is staying with the Broncos in 2019 after serving as Elway’s special advisor the past two seasons. While Gary Kubiak’s role is not yet defined, the expectation is he will return as an offensive coordinator.“Mike Klis (9News), emphasis mine"
That is a pretty shocking revelation from Klis, but I have heard the same thing. It seems like Kubiak would be the offensive coordinator along with really any of the prospective candidates, including Zac Taylor who has not yet been an offensive coordinator in the NFL.
The thinking is that Taylor would be the Broncos’ up-and-coming coaching star with Kubiak running the offense and his son Klint working with the quarterbacks.
Even though Klis makes a strong connection between Taylor and Kubiak’s son Klint dating back to their days at Texas A&M (where Gary is an alum), it seems like having all three of those guys might be too many cooks in one kitchen.
Though at the same time, the optimist in me wants to believe that the three could combine to give the Broncos a great brain trust offensively to take them into a new era of Denver football.
More likely, in my opinion, is that the Broncos would hire one of Mike Munchak, Chuck Pagano, or Vic Fangio to pair with Kubiak offensively.
It just doesn’t make much sense to me to give control of the team to a guy in Taylor who has never been a coordinator (except on an interim basis) while Kubiak and son run the offense.
The big dilemma here is if Taylor convinces the Broncos’ brass that he is a legitimate long-term candidate when they fly out to California to meet him face to face, they would have to really consider whether or not keeping Kubiak is worth missing out on a coach who is just 35 and has a chance to do this for a really long time.
Everything to this point seems to indicate the Broncos are favoring experience, so Taylor will have to do what he can to blow them away and probably also convince them that he can work with Gary Kubiak in some way.