It's official, Texans fans. Gary Kubiak is now the head coach of the Denver Broncos.
Kubiak's deal is for four years, according to multiple reports. He spent the past season as the Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator.
Before joining the Ravens' staff, Kubiak had served as head coach of the Houston Texans. The Broncos will introduce him at a Tuesday afternoon news conference.
"Gary Kubiak has established a track record of leadership, success and high character during his 30 seasons in the NFL," Broncos general manager John Elway said in a statement Monday. "While there is no question he is a Bronco, what Gary has learned from his other opportunities around the league -- especially in his eight seasons as a head coach -- will tremendously benefit our organization.
"Having coached on three Super Bowl champions and 11 playoff teams, Gary knows what it will take to deliver another world championship to Broncos fans. Coach Kubiak is all about winning and doing things the right way, which are values that have always been most important to the Broncos and owner Pat Bowlen."
Our friends at Mile High Report are predictably and phenomenally all over the story, and I strongly suggest you take a gander at their coverage to get a feel for how excited Broncos fans are by the return of a beloved former player and coach.
I for one am very happy for Gary Kubiak. I think our own Brett Kollmann did an excellent job expressing the feelings of the majority of the Houston fan base for Kubes shortly after Gary's time with the Texans came to an end, so I'll simply link Brett's work here and say, "Ditto."
By all accounts, Gary Kubiak is a good man (e.g., here and here). I'm glad he's getting another shot as a head coach in the NFL, and the fact that it's coming in a place that's so special to him makes it all the better. Here's hoping Gary finds success on the field in Denver.