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Broncos Will Seek Permission to Interview Gary Kubiak

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Denver is moving quickly to fill their coaching void, and former Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak is being targeted.

Elway and Kubiak to be reunited?
Elway and Kubiak to be reunited?
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1983 NFL Draft

In the 1983 NFL Draft, John Elway (QB Stanford) was the first-overall pick by the Baltimore Colts, and was ultimately traded to the Denver Broncos.  Gary Kubiak (QB Texas A&M) was the first pick in the eighth-round (197th overall) by the Broncos.  They were roommates and became lifelong friends.

Kubiak played his entire nine-year career as Elway's backup at Denver.  He was 3–2 as a starter when Elway was injured.  His career stats, according to NFL.com: 14 touchdowns, 16 interceptions and 1,920 yards while playing on three AFC championship teams.

Coaching History

Kubiak's first coaching opportunity was as the running backs coach at Texas A&M for two seasons (1992-1993).  He then returned to the NFL as an assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers in 1994.  Kubiak was the quarterbacks coach and helped to guide QB Steve Young to a second NFL MVP award, as well as a Super Bowl victory and Super Bowl MVP.

The following season, Kubiak joined the Denver Broncos as the offensive coordinator.  He held that role for eleven seasons contributing toward: 7 playoff appearances, 3 division championships, 2 conference championships and 2 Super Bowl championships.

He returned to his hometown of Houston to assume the duties as the head coach for the Texans in 2006.

REGULAR SEASON RECORD POST-SEASON RECORD
YEAR WON LOST FINISH WON LOST POST-SEASON FINISH
2006 6 10 4th in AFC South n/a n/a n/a
2007 8 8 4th in AFC South n/a n/a n/a
2008 8 8 3rd in AFC South n/a n/a n/a
2009 9 7 2nd in AFC South n/a n/a n/a
2010 6 10 3rd in AFC South n/a n/a n/a
2011 10 6 Division Champs 1 1 Lost to Ravens in AFC Divisional Game
2012 12 4 Division Champs 1 1 Lost to Patriots in AFC Divisional Game
2013 2 11 4th in AFC South n/a n/a n/a

The Texans collapsed in the 2013 season behind sharply declined quarterback play from Matt Schaub.  Houston hometown favorite Case Keenum was unable to help the team win games in replacement of Schaub.  Kubiak was terminated with three regular season games left in the 2013 season with the Texans' record at 2-11.

Kubiak accepted the role of offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens, and helped guide the offense to a 10-6 record for the 2014 season while setting a franchise record of 364.9 yards per game.  They defeated the division-rival Steelers 30-17 at Pittsburgh in the wild card round before narrowly losing to the Patriots 31-35 on the road in New England in the divisional round of the playoffs.

The NFL's 2015 Coaching Search Begins...

Amid strong interest from the Jets and Bears, Kubiak came out and stated that he intends to remain in Baltimore.

This last weekend, the Indianapolis Colts unexpectedly upset the Broncos in embarrassing fashion in Denver in the divisional round of the playoffs, and the entire coaching staff of the Broncos was sent packingIt appears that John Elway is wasting no time in pursuing the opportunity to reunite with Gary Kubiak.

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Will Kubiak insist on staying in Baltimore, or will he take the reigns of what could be considered his ultimate dream job in Denver as the head coach of the Broncos?