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Could Gary Kubiak be back in play for the Denver Broncos?

Gary Kubiak could be an option after Broncos fire Mike McCoy

Ryan Wooden

The Denver Broncos fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Monday after a stagnant offense heavily contributed to a 3-7 start and familiar face Gary Kubiak could eventually provide an answer.

The former Broncos coach has expressed a desire to return to coaching as an offensive coordinator and the timing aligns for a return to Denver that could make a lot of sense, though it would come at a cost.

Kubiak stepped down after health scares pockmarked a disappointing 9-7 follow-up campaign to their Super Bowl 50 championship. However, he’s still got Broncos general manager John Elway’s confidence, as evidenced by the personnel consultation he’s been doing for the organization since stepping away.

The offense might not have exactly hummed in Kubiak’s two seasons as the head man in Denver, but he does know the roster better than any other available options. So, if Elway thinks this offense can be salvaged without wide-ranging personnel changes, going back to him would make sense.

However, if that decision is made, one consequence that has to be monitored closely is the potential for conflict between Kubiak and Vance Joseph. Bringing Kubiak back into the fold after just one season could create the perception that Joseph doesn’t wield the true authority of a head coach.

The Broncos may ultimately choose to bring in a fresh face and to make personnel changes. Given this offense’s failings over the past two staffs, that might be necessary.

But the familiarity and the friendship between Kubiak and Elway certainly shouldn’t be ignored. There likely wouldn’t be any movement on the hiring front this season, as Bill Musgrave has been promoted from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator and they’d like to see what might be salvageable in what appears to be an otherwise lost season.

Yet, it wouldn’t be surprising, considering the timing of both McCoy’s firing and Kubiak’s desire to return, if we see a reunion of sorts in 2018.