It’s official: Broncos name Gary Kubiak as new coach

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Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak was named the Broncos' 15th coach on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. (Photo: Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Gary Kubiak is officially back with the Broncos.

The team announced on its website Monday morning that Kubiak, who spent 20 seasons as a player and coach with the organization, will replace John Fox and be the Broncos’ 15th coach in their history.

“Gary Kubiak has established a track record of leadership, success and high character during his 30 seasons in the NFL,” Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager John Elway said in a 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.

“Having coached on three Super Bowl champions and 11 playoff teams, Gary knows what it will take to deliver another World Championship to Broncos fans. Coach Kubiak is all about winning and doing things the right way, which are values that have always been most important to the Broncos and Owner Pat Bowlen.

“We are very excited to welcome Gary, and his wife, Rhonda, back to the Denver Broncos.”

Kubiak, 53, spent 20 previous seasons with the Broncos. He was a quarterback with the team from 1983 to 1991 then was offensive coordinator from 1995 to 2005, including when the Broncos won Super Bowl titles in the 1997 and 1998 seasons.

He left the Broncos after the 2005 season, which ended with a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game, to become coach of the Houston Texans. He was fired after eight seasons that included two playoff appearances, the first for the organization.

He joined the Baltimore Ravens as offensive coordinator this season, which ended with a loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Divisional round of the playoffs.

“Gary has been part of the Broncos’ family for two decades and has proven himself as a highly successful head coach and assistant coach around the NFL,” Broncos President and CEO Joe Ellis said. “From his time in Denver, he completely understands — and has contributed to — the culture of winning that has been established throughout Pat Bowlen’s ownership. Gary also respects what the Broncos mean to this community and the special connection this team has with its fans.

“We are thrilled that Gary Kubiak is returning to Denver to become the next head coach of the Broncos.”

In 31 seasons as a player or coach, Kubiak has been part of 17 playoff teams, 12 division titles, eight conference championship games and six Super Bowls.

Broncos coaches

Frank Filchock: 1960-61

Jack Faulkner: 1962-64

*Mac Speedie: 1964-66

*Ray Malavasi: 1966

Lou Saban: 1967-71

*Jerry Smith: 1971

John Ralston: 1972-76

Red Miller: 1977-80

Dan Reeves: 1981-92

Wade Phillips: 1993-94

Mike Shanahan: 1995-2008

Josh McDaniels: 2009-10

*Eric Studesville: 2010

John Fox: 2011-14

Gary Kubiak: 2015-present




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