John Elway may be reuniting with his former teammate and coach.
After much speculation that Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak would be a candidate to replace John Fox in Denver, ESPN's Adam Schefter has confirmed that he is.
Broncos will seek permission to interview Ravens OC Gary Kubiak, who played and coached in Denver but has said he would stay in Baltimore.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 13, 2015
The Broncos clearly have an interest in Kubiak, but it remains to be seen if he has any interest in them.
Kubiak has already stated that he plans to stay in Baltimore, and he is currently building a house near the Ravens' training complex, according to The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson. One source told Wilson that he would be "shocked" if Kubiak left Baltimore.
Gary Kubiak's integrity, knowledge of Broncos' situation before he made his statement Sunday night both mentioned in expectation he'll stay— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) January 12, 2015
Still, it's hard to imagine Denver's opening not being tempting to Kubiak, who backed up Elway as a quarterback in the 1980s before going on to become Denver's offensive coordinator in 1995. Denver's offense had tremendous success under Kubiak, who was the head coach of the Texans from 2006-2013.
In 2014, Kubiak signed with the Ravens and helped seventh-year quarterback Joe Flacco post career-highs in passing yards (3,986), touchdowns (27) and a career-low in sacks (19). Baltimore's offense ranked 12th in the NFL, gaining 364.9 yards per game. Their offense ranked 29th without Kubiak in 2013, gaining just 307.4 yards per game.
Kubiak could potentially get his first chance to coach several Broncos players later this month leading up to the Pro Bowl on Jan. 25. Denver's staff was going to coach the game, but that staff is no longer intact.
Hearing that Ravens are going to be the Pro Bowl coaching staff after Broncos coaching staff shakeup, next highest AFC seed to lose playoff— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) January 13, 2015
The NFL is expected to announce who will coach the Pro Bowl teams on Tuesday. Up to eleven Broncos players (ten, really, assuming Peyton Manning won't play due to injury) will participate in the All-Star game this year.
In addition to a new head coach, Denver will likely need to fill their defensive and offensive coordinator positions, too. Jack Del Rio and Adam Gase appear to be on their way out of Denver.