DENVER — Former Denver Broncos Head Coach Gary Kubiak is returning to the team in a personnel role as a scout just seven months after resigning his post due to health concerns.
Kubiak led the team to victory in Super Bowl 50, but suffered health problems through seasons following that accomplishment, even relinquishing coaching duties in one 2016 game to Joe DeCamillis after suffering a complex migraine. He resigned at the end of the season, but mentioned wanting to return in some capacity as soon as the week leading up to Super Bowl 51 in Houston.
Despite his departure from the team, relations never soured between Kubiak and Vice President and General Manager of the Broncos John Elway, whose relationship dates back to 1983 when the two played together for the Broncos.
“With as much experience as he has evaluating players, Gary’s going to be a tremendous resource for our personnel department,” Elway said. “He’ll primarily help on the college side and assist us in free agency as well.
The transition into a scouting role is a natural one for Kubiak, who has been involved in football both as a player and coach for decades. Kubiak will serve as a scout for the team based out of his home in Houston, Texas, identifying talent and information useful to the team during the draft.
“It’s an honor for me to continue to be part of this great organization,” Kubiak said. “John and I talked long ago about any opportunity like this, and I’m very happy to be able to contribute on the personnel side.
Current Head Coach Vance Joseph will also be comfortable with the former coach's return, as Joseph served on Kubiak's staff with the Houston Texans.
Kubiak will also be reunited with both of his sons, Klein and Klint, each who work for the team. Klein serves as an area scout and Klint serves as an offensive assistant for the team.
The new position won't frequently see Kubiak at games, or even back in Colorado, however. He'll only return to team headquarters for fall scouting and prior to the draft.
“I said when I left that I still wanted to be involved in football," Kubiak said. "This gives me an opportunity to be involved with the game, and I’m excited to get to work.”