Gary Kubiak collected a nice welcome-back gift on Monday night.
Kubiak was awarded the game ball by Aqib Talib following the Denver Broncos’ 27-9 win over the Houston Texans.
The Broncos coach was advised to take some time away from football prior to last week’s game versus the San Diego Chargers after he was admitted to the hospital with a complex migraine condition.
With Kubiak back at the helm Denver returned to their winning ways after dropping two-straight games. Talib believes that there is no coincidence that the team got back on track with Kubiak on the sideline.
“We missed (Gary Kubiak) last week. We really missed him. Our whole vibe during the week was off because Kub wasn’t there. We know he was struggling. He was going through some things with his health,” Talib said of his decision to gift Kubiak with the game ball, per ESPN. “He just deserves it. He came back and made us have a great week of practice and he definitely deserved it.”
Denver used it’s original recipe that won them Super 50 to beat the Texans: good defense and timely offense.
Talib and Chris Harris manned the outside, while Von Miller was a disruptive on the edge.
On offense, running back C.J. Anderson carried the rock 16 times for 107 yards and scored once.
Talib admitted that the team paid close attention to detail during the week of practice in an attempt to stymied Brock Osweiler.
“It was a lot of fun. We had a great week of practice. Preparation for Brock (Osweiler) and the Texans, mainly for Brock,” Talib said.
The team’s increased attention paid dividends.
Denver kept the Texans out of the end zone and made Osweiler looked extremely overmatched. The 6-foot-8 quarterback passed for just 131 yards on 41 pass attempts in his return to Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
The Broncos’ win propelled the team to 5-2 on the season. Houston fell to 4-3.
More importantly, Denver looks energized with their coach back. While Houston is forced to figure out why their high-priced quarterback continues to struggle mightily.