Spielman: Vikings pick up 2020 option on Zimmer’s contract
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have exercised their option on coach Mike Zimmer's contract for 2020.
General manager Rick Spielman made the announcement in Indianapolis at the NFL...
Kubiak missed coaching too much to resist job with Vikings
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The allure of the gameday atmosphere was simply too strong for Gary Kubiak to ignore, having spent the past two years in a non-coaching role for Denver following another health...
Vikings fill out staff, tapping Maalouf for special teams
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have completed their coaching staff for 2019, hiring Marwan Maalouf as special teams coordinator and Rick Dennison as offensive line coach.
The Vikings also announced Friday the promotion of assistant quarterbacks coach Drew Petzing to wide receivers coach, where Darrell Hazell was not retained.
Maalouf was Miami's special teams coordinator for the last six seasons. He replaces Mike Priefer, who took the same job in Cleveland.
Vikes add Kubiak as assistant head coach, offensive adviser
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have hired Gary Kubiak as an assistant head coach and offensive adviser, a big bump in experience for Mike Zimmer's turned-over staff.
The Vikings announced the move on Monday night.
Kubiak spent the last two seasons as a senior personnel adviser with the Denver Broncos after stepping down as their head coach due to health concerns. Zimmer picked Kevin Stefanski to be his offensive coordinator, his first time in that role.
Denver Broncos bring Mike Munchak in from Steelers
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Mike Munchak, who had been a finalist for Denver's head coaching job, is making a lateral move from the Pittsburgh Steelers to serve as the Broncos' new offensive line coach.
AP Source: Kubiak not returning to Broncos staff
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Gary Kubiak won't return to run the Denver Broncos offense after all for new head coach Vic Fangio, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Friday.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the discussions, said it became apparent over the last 24 hours that Kubiak wasn't the right fit because of philosophical differences over scheme and staff.
Broncos find rhythm, chemistry with Keenum under center
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — For the first time since 2014, the Denver Broncos spent their summer without a job-share arrangement at quarterback, something they expect to give them a big boost Sunday when they open against the Seattle Seahawks with Case Keenum under center .
Broncos owner Pat Bowlen one step from Hall of Fame
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Pat Bowlen's nomination for the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a jolt of good news for a franchise that's had little to cheer in the 30 months since winning Super Bowl 50.
Peyton Manning retired. Gary Kubiak resigned. Paxton Lynch flopped.
The Broncos have lost 18 times over the last two seasons and went 5-11 in coach Vance Joseph's first year in 2017.
Denver – The Denver Broncos have found their quarterback.
When free agency officially begins Wednesday afternoon, former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum plans to sign with Denver, NFL sources confirmed.
Elway, Joseph promise to fix Broncos’ problems in 2018
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Even though John Elway chose continuity over change, major shifts are afoot for the Denver Broncos in the wake of the team's most disappointing season in decades .
A day after deciding to retain head coach Vance Joseph, Elway said he's expanding Gary Kubiak's front office role to help him in free agency and the draft.
Englewood, Colo. — Twenty-one months ago, John Elway was basking in a confetti shower as he put his fingerprints on the third Super Bowl trophy he's captured for the Denver Broncos and dedicated it to team owner Pat Bowlen, who's battling Alzheimer's.
Denver Broncos have hit a rough patch
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Twenty-one months ago, John Elway was basking in a confetti shower as he put his fingerprints on the third Super Bowl trophy he's captured for the Denver Broncos and dedicated it to team owner Pat Bowlen, who's battling Alzheimer's.
Not much has gone right for Elway and the Broncos since that night in Northern California.
Young duo heads 9 for Texas Sports Hall of Fame induction
WACO, Texas (AP) — National championship-winning Texas quarterback Vince Young and former Texas Rangers infielder Michael Young are among nine former athletes or coaches who make up the 2018 induction class for the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.
The 2018 class was announced Wednesday. The induction ceremony is scheduled for April 7.
Former Texas A&I and Chicago Bears running back Johnny Bailey will be honored posthumously.
NFL HALFWAY: Rams, Bills, Jags succeeding with new coaches
DENVER (AP) — Of the half dozen first-year NFL head coaches, Vance Joseph inherited what was widely considered the best situation: a team just one year removed from a Super Bowl parade with a championship-caliber defense and a renovated offense.
Unlike the other five teams that averaged 4.4 wins last season, Denver was coming off a 9-7 season and the job only came open because of Gary Kubiak's health concerns.
DENVER (2-0) at BUFFALO (1-1)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, CBS
OPENING LINE — Pick-em
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Denver 1-0-1, Buffalo 2-0
SERIES RECORD — Bills lead series 20-16-1
LAST MEETING — Broncos beat Bills 24-17, Dec. 7, 2014
LAST WEEK — Broncos beat Cowboys 42-17; Bills lost to Panthers 9-3
AP PRO32 RANKING — Broncos No. 6, Bills No. 23
BRONCOS OFFENSE — OVERALL (11), RUSH (1), PASS (21)
Broncos bring back Gary Kubiak in scouting role
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Gary Kubiak's separation from the NFL is over.
Kubiak is returning to the Denver Broncos in a scouting capacity seven months after stepping down as their head coach over health concerns .
Broncos open QB competition in earnest
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — If comfort is any factor in the Denver Broncos' "50-50" quarterback competition, Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch were, appropriately, tied after Day 1.
The QBs split the snaps Tuesday at new coach Vance Joseph's first minicamp practice. Both were sharp and steady during the 20-minute open period. Afterward, each of them displayed a confidence that wasn't as readily apparent last year when they were grappling behind Mark Sanchez.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Emmanuel Sanders called Denver "wide receiver heaven" back when he joined the Broncos in 2014. He's counting on Mike McCoy bringing back nirvana to the Rocky Mountains in 2017.
Running routes called by Adam Gase and catching passes from Peyton Manning, Sanders posted career highs with 101 receptions for 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns in his first season with the Broncos.
Gary Kubiak said he believes quarterback Brock Osweiler is "going to be fine" in his second season with the Texans.
Broncos hire Toub’s assistant to coach special teams
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph filled the last major vacancy on his coaching staff Monday by hiring Brock Olivo as his special teams coordinator.
Olivo, 40, spent the last three seasons as special teams assistant to Dave Toub in Kansas City.
Toub was one of three candidates that interviewed for the Broncos' head coaching vacancy after Gary Kubiak stepped down. Although the job went to Joseph, the Broncos were impressed enough by Toub to hire away Toub's top lieutenant.
Broncos hire Davidson to lead O-line’s revival
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The man charged with fixing the Denver Broncos' biggest bugaboo is new offensive line coach Jeff Davidson.
He was hired by new coach Vance Joseph on Saturday, following former Chargers coach Mike McCoy to Denver. McCoy was Joseph's first hire, replacing Rick Dennison as offensive coordinator.
New Broncos coach has a tough act to follow
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — In the Denver Broncos, Vance Joseph saw a championship culture, impressive roster, proven front office, esteemed ownership and fervent fan base, a combination not often seen in an NFL head coach opening.
"It's not a rebuild, it's a reboot," Joseph said Thursday as he was introduced as Gary Kubiak's successor.
While not broken, the Broncos do need some work after failing to make the playoffs to defend their Super Bowl 50 title.
Broncos interview Miami defensive coordinator Vance Joseph
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos met Tuesday with Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, the third candidate to interview for their head coaching vacancy following Gary Kubiak's resignation for health reasons.
"He has great leadership qualities and a strong vision of what it takes to win," general manager John Elway tweeted after the interview that lasted several hours.
Elway interviews Kyle Shanahan for Broncos job
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Two down and one to go for John Elway in his search for Gary Kubiak's successor.
The Denver Broncos general manager tweeted Saturday that he "spent the morning with Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta. He's very bright coach who's had a tremendous year and has a great future."
The question is: Will that future be in Denver, where his father, Mike Shanahan, was the Broncos coach from 1998-2008?
Elway begins interviews for Kubiak’s successor
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Broncos general manager John Elway began his third coaching search in six seasons with a visit to Kansas City on Friday to interview Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub.
Elway will also travel to Atlanta this weekend to meet with Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, whose team, like Toub's, has a first-round bye in the playoffs.
AP Analysis: Good, bad of each current NFL coaching vacancy
When Gary Kubiak resigned for health reasons less than a year removed from coaching the Denver Broncos to a Super Bowl championship, he left behind a great gig.
AP Source: Broncos get OK to interview 3 NFL assistants
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Denver GM John Elway has been granted permission to interview three assistants currently in the playoffs for his vacant head coaching position, according to a person with knowledge of the Broncos' plans.
The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team isn't revealing its interview schedule, told The Associated Press that the Broncos will interview Kyle Shanahan, Vance Joseph and Dave Toub in the next week.
AP Analysis: Gary Kubiak’s last call a good one.
DENVER (AP) — Gary Kubiak didn't get back to the playoffs a year after pushing all the right buttons in leading Denver to its Super Bowl parade. Yet, he made what might be the best call of all when he summoned John Elway to his hotel room on Christmas Eve in Kansas City.
Kubiak asked that Elway listen as his buddy, not his boss. And he told him he'd decided this 100-hour-a-week coaching gig was taking too big a toll on his health, so he was going to walk away after the season .
A familiar to-do list for John Elway this offseason
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway faces a familiar to-do list in his earlier-than-expected offseason:
—Find a new coach.
—Fix a leaky offensive line.
—Repair the run defense.
He ought to be used to this by now.
Denver's general manager is conducting his third coaching search in six seasons after Gary Kubiak stepped down Monday for health reasons just two years after rejoining his buddy in Denver.
Broncos coach Gary Kubiak officially steps down
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Eighteen years after Gary Kubiak tried to talk John Elway out of retiring, the roles were reversed.
The result was the same.
"He put up his hand and said, 'Remember when you did that to me?" Elway recounted. "I said, 'Yeah, OK.'"
With that, Kubiak, 55, left the NFL pressure cooker over season-long health concerns, stepping down from his dream job Monday with two years left on his contract, a grateful family and a Super Bowl 50 ring.
AP Analysis: For Kubiak, health more important than coaching
DENVER (AP) — By leaving on his own terms, Gary Kubiak made a choice few coaches do. Health and life are more important than football, he decided, and this 100-hour-a-week coaching business he's been in for decades was no longer a good fit.
This was no easy call for the football lifer, who first rolled into Denver 34 years ago in his wife's Buick, a backup quarterback and total afterthought during a summer that brought John Elway to town, too.
Broncos coach Gary Kubiak officially steps down
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak stepped down from his dream job on Monday because of health concerns, saying "the demands of the job are no longer a good fit for me."
Kubiak missed a week of work in October after suffering a complex migraine, his second health scare in three years.
Kubiak went 24-11, including a victory in Super Bowl 50, but a 9-7 finish this season kept the Broncos out of the playoffs.
Kelly, McCoy, Baalke latest to feel the NFL ax
Bono and the guys in U2 are big football fans, as in soccer.
So when they sang about "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "New Year's Day," they had no intention of describing the end of the 2016 NFL season.
Yet, the firings of Chip Kelly and Trent Baalke in San Francisco, Mike McCoy in San Diego, and the resignation of Gary Kubiak for health reasons in Denver certainly rang true to those rock classics.
Raiders in search of QB, Broncos in search of a coach
DENVER (AP) — The Broncos are in search of a coach. The Raiders are looking for a quarterback.
Neither of these AFC West rivals came out of Sunday in as good of shape as they went in.
After a 24-6 victory, Denver coach Gary Kubiak told his players he was stepping away.
During that loss, the Raiders (12-4) saw their hopes for a division title and first-round bye slip away, and also lost their quarterback-of-the-moment, Matt McGloin , to a shoulder injury.
Kubiak tells Broncos he’s leaving for health reasons
DENVER (AP) — Broncos coach Gary Kubiak informed his players after their victory over Oakland on Sunday that he's stepping away from the game and the team he loves. He said the grind of coaching was taking too big of a toll on his health.
"In all honesty, I've struggled this year ," said Kubiak, who has fought fatigue ever since suffering a complex migraine back in October.
Raiders lose AFC West, another QB in 24-6 loss to Broncos
DENVER (AP) — The Oakland Raiders had a lot to lose Sunday — and they did.
A week off.
In a game that couldn't have gone much worse, Oakland lost starting quarterback Matt McGloin to a shoulder injury in the first half and then fell 24-6 to a Denver Broncos team with nothing to play for and now in need of a new coach.
Gary Kubiak informed his players in an emotional postgame locker room that he's stepping away for health reasons.
Broncos reduced to spoiler’s role after late struggles
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos will figure heavily into the AFC playoff picture — in a spoiler's capacity, anyway.
It's an unfamiliar role for the reigning Super Bowl champions.
After five straight playoff appearances, the Broncos were eliminated over the weekend and have nothing more than pride on the line Sunday against Oakland, which can wrap up the AFC West title with a win or could fall all the way to the fifth seed with a loss.
Broncos wary of Tyreek Hill in rematch with Chiefs
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos knew about Tyreek Hill's speed the first time they faced him. They quickly learned about his versatility, too.
Hill ignited Kansas City's 30-27 overtime win in Denver last month by becoming the first NFL player since Gale Sayers in 1965 to score on a return , a rush and a reception in the same game.
Broncos aren’t regretting their fateful decision
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos have many regrets from their 30-27 overtime loss to Kansas City last month. Going for a 62-yard field goal isn't one of them.
Dropped passes. Muffed punts. Fifteen flags. Surrendering an eight-point lead in the closing seconds of regulation. These are the things that sting from that cold November night.
"Yeah, it was tough," coach Gary Kubiak said Wednesday. "We kind of lost the game about three different times."
Kubiak keeps defending Norwood but won’t rule out change
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Gary Kubiak isn't backing down from his defense of Jordan Norwood. He does acknowledge, however, that Emmanuel Sanders could return punts as the Denver Broncos scramble to get into the playoffs over the holidays.
Rookie speedster Kalif Raymond provided a much-needed spark on special teams against Jacksonville and Tennessee after being promoted from the practice squad following Norwood's two muffed punts in an overtime loss to Kansas City last month.
Broncos play down offensive vs. defensive rift
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos downplayed any disharmony in their locker room that erupted following their 16-3 loss to New England that left them precariously close to missing the playoffs a year after winning it all.
Cornerback Aqib Talib objected when left tackle Russell Okung rose to speak after coach Gary Kubiak asked if anyone wanted to address the team in the locker room after the loss.
Denver’s defense can’t hide all of Broncos’ many flaws
DENVER (AP) — Unlike a year ago, Denver's dazzling defense can't hide all the warts on offense or special teams.
These Broncos are actually surrendering fewer points per game (18.4) than last year's version (18.5) that brought home the Lombardi Trophy .
They limited Tom Brady to 16 completions and the Patriots to 16 points on Sunday, but their sputtering offense and atrocious special teams again couldn't match the effort.
Marshall out, Davis 50-50 for Broncos-Patriots showdown
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Inside linebacker Todd Davis says he's optimistic he'll play against New England this weekend after returning to practice Friday on a limited basis.
"I was encouraged by what I saw," coach Gary Kubiak said. "We'll see how he comes out of it in the morning and move him around again tomorrow. I think it's kind of going exactly like we thought it was going to go leading up to game time. It was encouraging today."
It’s not wise to overlook the undersized NFL dynamos
DENVER (AP) — After watching Kansas City Chiefs rookie Tyreek Hill speed into the end zone on a return, a rush and a reception last month, Broncos coach Gary Kubiak decided to give his own dashing dynamo a chance.
He promoted practice squad receiver/returner Kalif Raymond, a former sprinter from Holy Cross, to the active roster. Raymond quickly supplanted punt returner Jordan Norwood, who had two muffs in the Broncos' overtime loss to the Chiefs.
Week 14 quick takeaways: Denver Broncos drop ball in playoff chase
Here are Arthur Arkush's five quick takeaways from Week 14's noon action:
Road loss to Titans makes Broncos’ playoff road much harder
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Denver Broncos already faced the NFL's toughest stretch in their bid to reach the playoffs and defend their Super Bowl title.
Their path just got much, much tougher.
The Broncos lost 13-10 Sunday to the one team left on their schedule without 10 wins already. Instead, the Tennessee Titans finished off a big victory that kept them tied with Houston atop the AFC South.
Siemian takes another step toward returning to lineup
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Trevor Siemian is on track to return to the Denver Broncos' starting lineup Sunday at Tennessee barring a setback.
Coach Gary Kubiak officially listed Siemian as 50-50 but indicated that if he shows up Saturday like he did Friday — without pain or soreness and able to move around — he'll be back under center when the Broncos (8-4) face the Titans (6-6).
Siemian showed mobility and zip at practice Friday while again splitting snaps with Paxton Lynch.
Broncos visit Titans as defending champs chase playoff berth
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Denver Broncos find themselves in catch-up mode in the mighty AFC West, and time is starting to run out for the defending Super Bowl champs to gain ground on Oakland and Kansas City.
"We understand this stretch, where we're at and how well we're going to have to play, but we're excited and looking forward to it," Denver coach Gary Kubiak said.
For the Tennessee Titans, hosting the Broncos on Sunday is the biggest game this franchise has played in years.