Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak intends to accept the Denver Broncos’ head coaching position if he receives an offer, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Kubiak, who was scheduled to meet with Broncos officials in Houston on Sunday, could be announced as Denver’s new head coach as early as Tuesday if a deal is reached.
Kubiak, 53, appears to be the top choice of Broncos general manager John Elway. Former Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone cancelled a scheduled interview Saturday to wait and see what transpires with Kubiak.
Elway and Kubiak are longtime friends. In Denver, Kubiak spent nine years (1983-91) as Elway’s backup and they were roommates for road games. Kubiak also served four seasons (1995-98) as Elway’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach with the Broncos.
The Ravens released a statement from Kubiak last week that he was staying with the team and not pursuing any of the open jobs around the league. But then the Broncos and head coach John Fox parted ways on Jan. 12 after the disappointing 24-13 divisional-round playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
The Baltimore Sun reported Thursday that the Ravens wouldn’t stand in the way if Kubiak wanted to talk to the Broncos.
Kubiak just finished his first season with the Ravens. Under Kubiak, the offense finished the regular season ranked 12th in total yardage (364.9 per game) and eighth in points (25.6 per game).