Expectations that four-time Super Bowl winner Gary Kubiak could return to the Broncos sidelines intensified after the club blocked interview requests.
Kubiak has been linked to offensive coordinator roles with the Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals but remains under contract as a senior personnel adviser in Denver.
The 57-year-old has a long history with the Broncos since being drafted in the eighth round of the 1983 draft.
He spent nine years backing up John Elway, appearing in 119 games before beginning his coaching career with his alma mater Texas A&M.
After winning Super Bowl XXIX in 1994 while quarterbacks coach in San Francisco, Kubiak followed Mike Shanahan to Denver to become offensive coordinator in 1995, a role he held for 11 years, winning Super Bowls XXXII and XXXIII in 1997 and 1998.
He spent eight years as head coach of the Houston Texans, with a year in Baltimore as offensive coordinator before returning to Denver as head coach in 2015.
The Broncos went 21-11 in Kubiak’s two-year tenure as head coach, which included victory in Super Bowl 50 in his first year, but he stood down after the 2016 season because of health concerns.Embed from Getty Images
The Broncos’ head coach candidates are predominately defensive coaches, which adds weight to the argument that they have penciled in Kubiak to be the offensive coordinator.
As part of their head coach search, the Broncos have already interviewed Boulder native and former Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, Los Angeles Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor, New England Patriots defensive coordinator Brian Flores, and former Tenessee Titans head coach and current Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak.
The Broncos are also expected to interview Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio on Monday.
The Broncos have blocked other teams, specifically Falcons and Bengals, from interviewing Gary Kubiak to be their offensive coordinator, per @AdamSchefter— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensBSN) January 6, 2019
Last week, John Elway admitted Kubiak could be coaching Denver’s offense in some capacity, adding “Gary will be around”
The Broncos could also explore a move for Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, who is under contract for the 2019 season.
Harbaugh was reportedly the top target on the Broncos’ shortlist with Kubiak serving as his offensive coordinator in 2014, but several teams with vacancies are interested in his services now the Ravens are done for 2018, which could result in a trade bidding war.