Former Texans coach Kubiak hired as Broncos head coach

Gary Kubiak was head coach of the Houston Texans from 2006 to 2014.

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Former Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak has  been hired as the new head coach of the Denver Broncos.

For Kubiak, who spent the 2014 season as the Baltimore Ravens’ offensive coordinator, Denver will be homecoming as he spent most of his pro-football career there as a player and coach. His relationship with general manager and executive vice president of football operations John Elway was established when he was backup quarterback to the NFL legend from 1983-91. Kubiak was also Elway’s offensive coordinator for four seasons as he held the position under former Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan for 11 seasons until he took over the head coaching position in Houston in 2006. 

"Having coached on three Super Bowl teams and 11 playoff teams, Gary [Kubiak] knows what it will take to deliver another world championship to Denver," Elway said in a statement released by the team. 

Kubiak’s head coaching records stands at 63-66 in regular season games and he is 2-2 in two playoff appearances with the Texans. Elway believes Kubiak will be able to take the next step he wasn’t able to achieve in Houston with the Broncos. 

"Gary Kubiak has established a track record of leadership, success and high character during his 30 seasons in the NFL," Elway said in the statement. "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"

Kubiak was fired from the Texans with three games remaining in the 2013 season in the midst of what would become a 14-game losing streak with Houston finishing 2-14 on the year, good enough for the first overall draft pick in 2014. 

As the Ravens’ offensive coordinator, Kubiak lead the team to become a more offensive force as Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco set career highs in yards passing (3,986) and touchdown passes (27) with running back Justin Forsett enjoying a breakout season en route to his first Pro Bowl appearance. He helped lead Baltimore to the divisional round of the playoffs where they were eliminated by the eventual AFC Champion New England Patriots on Jan. 10. 

Thanks to his turnaround with the Ravens, Kubiak was a hot commodity for teams seeking a head coach. Earlier in the month, he was pursued by the Chicago Bears and New York Jets only to decline both interviews before eventually accepting the Broncos head coach position.

Now with Kubiak heading the Broncos, he and the team wait for word on quarterback Peyton Manning, who is contemplating his NFL future after his season took a downhill turn near the season’s end.

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