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Denver Broncos blocking teams from interviewing Gary Kubiak for offensive coordinator

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Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that the Denver Broncos have blocked both the Atlanta Falcons and the Cincinnati Bengals from interviewing Gary Kubiak, a senior personnel advisor with the Broncos, for their open offensive coordinator positions.

Kubiak, 57, went 21-11 in two seasons as the Broncos’ head coach and guided Denver to a victory in Super Bowl 50. He stepped away from coaching after the 2016 season, citing health issues. Denver hired Vance Joseph to succeed Kubiak, but Joseph was fired on Dec. 31, 2018.

Denver plans to keep Kubiak, according to Schefter’s sources, and would like him to work with the team’s next head coach. Kubiak is considered one of the top offensive coordinator candidates around the league, but he still is under contract with Denver and the Broncos can prevent him from leaving. Although, Schefter also reports that Kubiak would like to stay in Denver regardless.

Atlanta hired Steve Sarkisian, a college coordinator, to replace Kyle Shanahan as their OC after he was hired by the San Francisco 49ers. He was also fired on Dec. 31, 2018.

The Bengals made Bill Lazor their offensive coordinator in Week 2 of the 2018 season after firing Ken Zampese. On Jan. 3, 2019, Cincinnati announced that they were bringing Lazor back next season.

Denver went 6-10 this season after going 5-11 in Joseph’s first season. Mike Munchak, the offensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, has been linked to the opening, as have other hot names on the coaching carousel like the Chicago Bears’ defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and Los Angles Rams’ quarterback coach Zach Taylor.