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Report: Broncos’ Gary Kubiak might return as offensive coordinator next year

Gary Kubiak hasn’t coached since he stepped down as Denver Broncos head coach after the 2016 season due to health reasons. But he might be set to make a comeback.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that several head coaching candidates are interested in potentially having Kubiak as their offensive coordinator and that the Broncos believe Kubiak will consider any opportunities that may come up.

Kubiak has spent the last two years as a senior personnel adviser with the Broncos. He spent two seasons as Broncos head coach, going 82-75. He also led them to their third Super Bowl title in franchise history in 2016.

Before being hired by the Broncos, Kubiak’s previous role was the Ravens’ offensive coordinator in 2014. He also spent 11 years as offensive coordinator of the Broncos under Mike Shanahan.

The Broncos have disappointed this season and are expected to move on from head coach Vance Joseph and offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave.

It remains to be seen whether Kubiak would actually return to the stressful world of coaching given his past health concerns. And if he does return, it’s also unclear if he would really be the answer to the Broncos’ offensive woes. In his two years as head coach, the Broncos finished 19th and 22nd in scoring offense; the Broncos are 19th in scoring this season.

But he apparently still has a lot of believers in his ability and would likely get the job if the Broncos decide to hire a head coach who wants him on the staff.