Have you ever heard of a head coach that was fired a year before leading another ball club to a Super Bowl title the next season? That’s what exactly happened to Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak. Kubiak was fired in the middle of the 2013 season after the Houston Texans failed to live up to high expectations before the beginning of the season. You have to wonder why the Texans could never be the team that everyone envisioned it would be under Kubiak’s tenure.
For the majority of Kubiak’s time in Houston, the Texans had to deal with “The Sheriff” known as Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts. Manning would go on to sign with Kubiak’s current employer the Denver Broncos. Many analysts around the league predicted that the Texans would run away the AFC South Title for year’s to come, however; those predictions never came to pass.
The Texans only made the postseason only twice during the post-Peyton Manning era in the AFC South. The team had firepower on both sides of the ball to contend with the heavyweights of the AFC at the time. So what was the exact problem in regards to why the Texans could not contend for a Super Bowl title on a consistent basis? Was it because of Kubiak’s substantial conservatism on offense that leads to his downfall in Houston.
Fast forward to 2016 and the Denver Broncos could be heading into the same situation that the Texans were in under Gary Kubiak’s watch. I understand if you had a football team that did not have viable options at certain skill positions on offense such as, wide receiver or running back. The Broncos have two studs at the receiver position such as Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
They also have a solid rushing attack led by C.J. Anderson. So why in the world was the Broncos offense, so stagnant in 2015? Even when Kubiak made the decision to bench Peyton Manning after that dismal performance against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 10, the Broncos would experience the same results under Brock Osweiler.
The Broncos vaunted defense has what kept the team in close ball games for the majority of the season. Except a few acquisitions such as, Owen Daniels, this was the same offense that broke numerous records in 2013 under Peyton Manning. Gary Kubiak has far better players on offense than what he had in Houston.
I say all of this to say that Kubiak better opens up the playbook and take the handles off of quarterback Mark Sanchez and the rest of the Broncos offense because their defense may not be as good as it was a year ago. The team will be without two stalwarts such as Malik Jackson and Danny Trevathan. If Mark Sanchez turns into his usual self in Denver, we could see the Paxton Lynch Era starting a year early.
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