Gary Kubiak steps down as Broncos head coach

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday January 02, 2017


Gary Kubiak has stepped down as Broncos head coach.

It was reported earlier Sunday that Kubiak would likely step down, as his family is concerned about his health. The 55-year-old Kubiak was hospitalized in October with a complex migraine and has had health issues in the past. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport has reports Kubiak will retire.

“I love to work and I love football, but ultimately the demands of the job are no longer a good fit for me,” Kubiak said in a release. “I gave everything I had to this team the last two seasons, but this year, in particular, has been tough on me. As hard as it is to leave this position, I know that it’s the best thing for myself, my family and the Denver Broncos.

“I’ve been blessed to spend more than two decades with the Broncos working for Mr. Bowlen and a great organization from top to bottom. I’m forever grateful to this team, in particular John Elway and Joe Ellis, for giving me the opportunity to serve as its head coach. … I’m not sure what my future holds, but I know that I’ll always consider myself a Bronco. This team is in good hands with a lot of outstanding people, and I expect great things ahead for the Denver Broncos.”

Kubiak spent two years as Broncos head coach, winning last year’s Super Bowl and going 9-7 this year. He was also the Broncos’ offensive coordinator from 1995-2005. He spent 2014 as the Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator was the Houston Texans head coach from 2006-13, going 61-64 with two playoff appearances.

Other stops in his career included the San Francisco 49ers and Texas A&M. The Houston native played for the Broncos from 1983-91.

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