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January 02, 2017

GARY KUBIAK STEPS DOWN AS HEAD COACH OF BRONCOS

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.Gary Kubiak has informed the Denver Broncos of his decision to step down as head coach, Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway announced on Monday.

Kubiak and Elway will be available to the media today at a 10 a.m. MT press conference at UCHealth Training Center.

Hired as the 15th head coach in franchise history on Jan. 19, 2015, Kubiak helped the Broncos to the second-most wins in the NFL in his two seasons with a 24-11 (.686) record. No coach in team history had more victories in his first two years as head coach than Kubiak with his 24 victories tying Red Miller’s previous mark from 1977-78.

During the 2015 season, Kubiak became only the fourth individual in NFL history to lead a team to a Super Bowl victory in his first year as its head coach with the Broncos’ 24-10 win over Carolina in Super Bowl 50. His 15 overall wins (12-4 regular season, 3-0 playoffs) in 2015 were the most in Broncos history by a coach in his first year with a team and helped Denver to an AFC West title along with the No. 1 overall AFC playoff seed.

In 10 seasons as an NFL head coach (Denver, 2015-16 and Houston, 2006-13), Kubiak has a career coaching record of 87-77 (.534). He has spent 22 years with the Broncos (nine as a quarterback from 1983-91; 11 as offensive coordinator from 1995-2005) and coached on the franchise’s back-to-back Super Bowl champion teams from 1997-98.

STATEMENT FROM GARY KUBIAK
“As I told our team last night, this is an extremely difficult decision to step down as head coach. I love to work and I love football, but ultimately the demands of the job are no longer a good fit for me.

“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. There are countless others to thank, including players, coaches, personnel staff, trainers, support staff and fans.

“Although we fell short of our goals this year, I’m proud of our teams these past two seasons. Helping to bring Mr. Bowlen, his family and this organization its third Super Bowl is something that will always be very special to me.

“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.”
 
STATEMENT FROM JOHN ELWAY
“When Gary informed me of his decision to step down as head coach, I was obviously saddened and disappointed. But, I understand and respect Gary for doing what’s right for him as well as his family.

“From the time he was hired as head coach, Gary worked to get the most out of the players to push this team over the top. He gave everything he had, and we won a lot of games along the way. The way Gary led the team and managed a challenging situation during our Super Bowl run was one of the best coaching jobs I’ve ever seen.

“Gary’s been a teammate, co-worker and, most importantly, a friend for more than 30 years. Without a doubt, he’s left the Broncos in a better place than when he stepped off that plane from Houston two years ago.

“I appreciate all Gary has done for us. On behalf of our entire organization, I thank him and wish him all the best.”
 

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