Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak is back with the team and will have the reigns when his team faces the Houston Texans next week. There will be a lot of talk about his health after he missed the team’s recent loss to the San Diego Chargers, as well as the usual interesting storylines from the game itself.
But what of the man who filled in for him while he was gone? Defensive coordinator Wade Philipps seemed the likely choice to take over, but the Broncos let special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis step in as interim head coach for a week.
The Broncos did not win, but Kubiak was happy with the job he did … even if he wasn’t happy with the performance of the team overall.
“I thought Joe did a great job. He made some tremendous decisions to keep us in the game,” Kubiak said on Monday. “Special teams-wise, we obviously got turnovers that kept us in the game.”
The Broncos did lose, particularly looking sluggish on the offensive side of the ball, where Kubiak generally has a focus.
“It’s a tough situation. I wasn’t very involved with those guys on Monday and Tuesday. I got a little bit more involved and talking to them on Wednesday when they went to San Diego. Nothing we did the other night was good enough, nor was it against Atlanta. We have to get better.”
Would things have been different if the Broncos had Kubiak, or if they picked a different interim coach? That’s a question that can’t be answered, but Kubiak was very complimentary of DeCamillis.
“Joe busted his butt. It was a good opportunity for him and his career. He deserved it.”