The Denver Broncos play on Thursday night, and as of Monday morning they couldn’t be too sure if their head coach would be joining them.
Gary Kubiak was taken to the hospital after Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons for what team spokesman Patrick Smyth said was “flu-like symptoms.” Mike Klis of 9News in Denver reported that the team was hearing positive news regarding Kubiak on Monday morning and he was resting comfortably in the hospital.
What makes the ordeal scary is Kubiak’s previous high-profile health scare. Kubiak had a mini-stroke at halftime of a game in 2013, when he was coach of the Houston Texans.
If Kubiak isn’t feeling well by Wednesday, when the team will fly to play at the San Diego Chargers, the Broncos have some options to fill in for him. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips filled in for Kubiak when he was recovering from that mini-stroke with the Texans, and could do so again. Phillips has been a head coach for 146 NFL games. Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison has interviewed for head-coaching jobs. Running backs coach Eric Studesville was the Broncos’ interim coach in 2010 after they fired Josh McDaniels, and he went 1-3.
So Denver has options if Kubiak can’t be on the sideline on Thursday, or if the team just wants him to be careful and sit out a game. But it’s a scary episode, and hopefully Kubiak bounces back quickly.
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