The Jacksonville Jaguars are still looking for a new offensive coordinator and a very interesting name has surfaced on the radar to be available for NFL teams. Now, whether or not he’s actually going to talk to the Jaguars is another story.
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported Saturday morning that not only is former super bowl-winning Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak not going to be the team’s new offensive coordinator paired with new head coach Vic Fangio, but Kubiak may be gone from Denver completely:
Former Broncos' HC Gary Kubiak still has an interest in being an offensive coordinator, it just won't happen in Denver. One team interested in bringing in Kubiak is Jacksonville, per sources, but there is plenty of interest in the man who was expected to become the Broncos' OC.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 12, 2019
Kubiak, who coached Denver with Peyton Manning to the Super Bowl 50 win in 2015, stepped down due to health reasons after the 2016 season. He had remained, as a consultant to President and GM John Elway for the last two seasons. However, his original deal for four years is now up.
It appeared Kubiak was going to become the play-caller again for the new coaching staff, but apparently, he, Elway and Fangio could not agree on who else was going to be with him on the offensive side of the ball?
Kubiak, who was Elway’s backup QB for many years in the 80s and 90s, was previously the offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens in 2014 and the Houston Texans head coach before that.
It’s not clear whether he would be interested in the Jaguars opening, and there’s no known connection to coach Doug Marrone or VP of football Tom Coughlin.
Jacksonville is on the look for the replacement for the fired Nathaniel Hackett and has already had a significant interview with former Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. Clearly, Marrone and the style of offense is conducive to what Kubiak had previously which is a pocket passer and vertical passing game set up by the run.
Of course, there’s the whole other matter of who is quarterbacking the Jaguars for next season? Clearly the team has moved on from Blake Bortles in that role after benching him in late November. Will the team go after a free agent this March?
Or could they swing a trade, like for example with the Baltimore Ravens and Joe Flacco, who was benched late in the year due to injury and then, the success of rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson. The Ravens appear that they’re moving on without Flacco and going with Jackson for 2019.
Interestingly, Kubiak was with Flacco during that one season a few years ago, and might be very intrigued with that style of pocket passer with a large arm, if Jacksonville were to be interested in acquiring him.
So, the first step is who else is involved with Kubiak for possible play-calling duties?
The second factor is Kubiak’s overall health, as he retired with Denver two years early and had to take a leave earlier this decade because of health and stress concerns with the Texans.
Still, if he does want a coach, the Jaguars would be smart to pursue him
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