Broncos Coach Gary Kubiak to Step Down Because of Health Concerns

Gary Kubiak is stepping down as Denver Broncos head coach. (AP)
Gary Kubiak is stepping down as Denver Broncos head coach. (AP)

In a bit of a surprising development, Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak reportedly will step down from his post because of health concerns after Sunday’s game.

Less than two years after taking his dream job to coach for his close friend, Broncos general manager John Elway, and less than a year after beating the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl, Kubiak will pass the baton, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

In his short, brilliant run as the head coach for the team in which he spent the majority of his playing career, Kubiak compiled a 20-11 record heading into the season finale and won Super Bowl 50.

It’s believed that Kubiak, 55, will step down following Sunday’s Week 17 game against the Oakland Raiders. Schefter reported that Kubiak will finalize his plans next week.

Back on Oct. 9, Kubiak’s perspective likely began to change. That was the night he spent in the hospital following a loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He was diagnosed with what was termed a “complex migraine condition” and missed the following week, including the loss to the San Diego Chargers four days after his hospital stay.

Asked about his health this past week, Kubiak joked with the media by asking if he did not look good to them.

“I love this league,” Kubiak told media. “I love the Broncos. I love the work, you know? You know, I’m all in on the Raiders right now. There will be time for reflection and all that stuff next week, but right now it’s time to focus on what we’re doing.”

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SOURCE: Yahoo! Sports
Eric Edholm