In a surprising but not unexpected development, Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak has reportedly stepped down from his post because of health concerns.
Kubiak had to take a week off from the Broncos, and special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis served as the team's interim head coach for a Thursday Night Football loss to the San Diego Chargers in Week 6. In 2013 while head coach of the Houston Texans, Kubiak suffered a minor stroke. But according to Schefter, Kubiak's health is the primary factor in the decision as the demands of the job have worn him down and his family is asking him to retire. The Broncos are only one year removed from a Super Bowl, possess an elite defense that once again carried them this season, talented receivers, and a fairly open quarterback situation.
He was sacked at the end of that season and had a terrific comeback in 2014 as offensive coordinator in Baltimore, where he had planned to stay until Broncos GM John Elway called him following John Fox's ouster. I love the work, you know?
Kubiak evaded questions about his future in coaching during his Friday press conference.
"I love this league", Kubiak told reporters. "There will be time for reflection and all of that stuff next week".
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Rarely were the Broncos considered Super Bowl favorites in 2015, but their "find a way" mantra became the backbone of their championship run. It's nearly impossible to look back on the team's history without seeing Kubiak, who spent his playing career backing up Elway and was the team's offensive coordinator for their previous two Super Bowl championship teams. So Elway might not want to tinker too much with what is now working.
Matt McGloin will look to lead the Raiders to an AFC West title with a road win over the defending Super Bowl champions.