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Report: Gary Kubiak to become Denver Broncos newest head coach

By Johnny Hart
ESPNDenver.com
 
During the club’s end of season press conference last week, Denver Broncos general manager John Elway used the words “world championship” or some iteration therein seven times.
 
On Sunday, Elway and the Broncos brass hired the engineer of Denver’s only two World Championships as Denver’s newest head coach.
 
First reported by our ESPN Denver Broncos Insider Mike Klis in the Denver Post, the Broncos are finalizing a four-year contract to bring in former offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak as the team’s next top coach.
 
 
This will be the third time Elway and Kubiak have hooked up in Denver, both who came into the NFL in 1983 as quarterbacks for the Broncos.
 
Kubiak would backup Elway until 1991, when he retired and turned to coaching.
 
The two would meet up again in 1995, this time with Kubiak as offensive coordinator, as Denver geared up for back-to-back Super Bowl wins.
 
Kubiak would end up coaching the Broncos to three AFC Championship appearances in his decade in Denver before becoming the Houston Texans head coach in 2006.
 
After winning just two of Houston’s first 13 games in 2013, however, Kubiak was dismissed as the Texans head coach.
 
Kubiak landed in Baltimore this season as the Ravens’ offensive coordinator, where he took a 25th ranked offense just a year ago and turned it into the eighth best in the NFL in 2014.
 
The team likely will introduce Kubiak on Tuesday. We’ll have coverage of that press conference live on 105.5 ESPN or online at ESPNDenver.com.

Report: Former Bills coach Marrone cancels interview for Broncos head coach job

By Johnny Hart
ESPNDenver.com
 
After initially being scheduled for an interview Saturday, former Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone will reportedly pass on talking with the Broncos about the club’s top coaching position until Denver meets with Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.
 
Our ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, who reported Friday morning that Marrone would be interviewing with the Broncos Saturday, reports that Marrone has pulled out of contention for the time being to see what happens with Kubiak.
 
 
Kubiak will reportedly interview with the Broncos Sunday after previously declining to interview with the Chicago Bears and New York Jets.
 
After a season that saw the Bills narrowly miss the playoffs at 9-7, Marrone opted out of his contract two weeks ago.
 
During his tenure in Buffalo he sported a 15-17 record, following four years at Syracuse in which his team went 25-25 and earned two Pinstripe Bowl wins.
 
Marrone would have been among a handful of coaching candidates for the Broncos opening, including Kubiak.
 
Denver’s already interviewed offensive coordinator Adam Gase and Cincinnati Bengals defensive backs coach Vance Joseph for the job.
 
Joseph spent his college career at Colorado as a backup quarterback for Darian Hagan and Kordell Stewart before become a defensive back for the Buffaloes.
 
Before Cincinnati, Joseph was a member of Kubiak’s Houston Texans staff from 2011 to 2013.

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