55-year-old Gary Kubiak, who will turn 56 this summer, has stepped down as the head coach of the Denver Broncos, and will retire from coaching in general, he announced on Monday at a press conference.
Broncos Executive President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway also apart of the announcement.
““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,” Kubiak said in a statement. “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.”
Kubiak was hired by the Broncos on January 19, 2015 after the franchise decided to part ways with John Fox. Under Kubiak’s guidance, the Broncos went 24-11, and won Super Bowl 50 over the Carolina Panthers 24-10.
From 2006-2013, Kubiak was the head coach of the Houston Texans until he was fired with three games left in the 2013 season. He then became the offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens, and was planning on being one for a few years and not taking another head coaching job.
This of course held true until Elway called Kubiak and told him that he wanted him to replace Fox as the Broncos’ head coach.
“Thank God he did,” Kubiak said. “That (Super Bowl 50) ring will be special to me, and what took place the last couple years.”
Overall, the four-time Super Bowl champion posted a 82-75 regular season win-loss record, and 5-2 win-loss record in the playoffs.
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