Mike Klis of 9 News reports that the Broncos are hiring former HC Gary Kubiak as an NFL scout based in Texas.
“It’s an honor for me to continue to be part of this great organization,” Kubiak said. “John [Elway] and I talked long ago about any opportunity like this, and I’m very happy to be able to contribute on the personnel side.
“I said when I left that I still wanted to be involved in football. This gives me an opportunity to be involved with the game, and I’m excited to get to work.”
“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.”
Kubiak’s health forced him to step down as the team’s head coach following the 2016 season, but he mentioned soon after that he would be open to returning to the NFL in a different capacity.
I want to work,” Kubiak told Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post back in February. “I still get up every day at 4:30 and I want something to do. Lately I’ve been getting on my tractor and messing around the farm.”
Kubiak did, however, say that he won’t return to coaching but he has been in contact with some people around the league about potential opportunities.
“I’ve had some great conversations around the league with some people. Is that personnel? I don’t know. I talked to some colleges about various situations that are very interesting to me,” Kubiak said. “What I’m going to do is make sure I take a good break here — it’s only been a month — then I’m going to make a decision and go get after it. I’m hoping within the next couple of months I’ll decide on where I want to go next and what I want to do.
“My next stop is not going to be coaching, and I’m kind of excited about that because there are a lot of things about the game that I’ve always loved. I love evaluating, I love the draft, I love evaluating players and doing those types of things. I had some really interesting conversations with some colleges. So we’ll see.”
Kubiak’s decision to step down as Broncos’ head coach was due to concerns about his health. Last October, Kubiak missed the team’s Thursday night game due to what was referred to as a “complex migraine condition.”
While he was with the Texans, Kubiak suffered a mini-stroke during a game and had to be rushed to the hospital, so his healthy history is clearly a big concern for him moving forward.
Kubiak, 55, began his NFL coaching career with the 49ers back in 1994 as their QBs coach and later took over as the Broncos’ offensive coordinator/QBs coach the following year. The Texans hired him as their head coach in 2006 and he spent eight years in Houston.
The Ravens hired him as their offensive coordinator in 2014 but he spent just a year in Baltimore before he was hired as the Broncos head coach.
For his career, Kubiak’s teams posted a record of 82-75 (52.2 percent) to go along with three playoff appearances including a Super Bowl championship in 2015.