No team has seen more changes at the quarterback position and won better doing it during the past year than the Denver Broncos. But now, the challenge intensifies a bit.
The defending Super Bowl champions will be without their head coach for Thursday night’s game against the San Diego Chargers. Gary Kubiak checked into the hospital after the team’s 23-13 loss to the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday. He was diagnosed with a complex migraine condition and released the next day, although he will not be with the Broncos this week.
Interim head coaching duties will go to special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis. The play-calling duties will move over to offensive coordinator Rick Dennison.
“(Kubiak) set a template for us,” DeCamillis said, per ESPN. “It’s seamless, because he’s not a micro-manager. He does so many good things for us and he lets a lot of our guys do their job to the utmost anyway. We don’t see a big change this week. We’re going to try to keep whatever we can do to win a game, that’s the main thing. I think with our staff, that’s going to be a real seamless transition.”
The burden of adjustment will fall on them all, much like it did in 2013, when then-coach John Fox underwent heart surgery and missed five games. Jack Del Rio took over as interim head coach for a 4-1 stretch, and the Broncos finished 13-3 and AFC West champions.
Said cornerback Charles Harris Jr., per ESPN, “We’ve been through a lot of things. That’s what this team is about. We know how to go about our business.”
Said linebacker Von Miller, per ESPN, “We see a little of everything, it seems like. … We know what to do.”