DENVER - The Denver Broncos have officially announced that head coach Gary Kubiak is stepping down after two seasons leading the team.
At a news conference Monday morning, Kubiak said that he struggled this season to maintain his rigorous routine as a coach and that his personality prevents him from doing the job any other way. "For the first time, I've had to tell myself -- hey, you can't do that anymore," he said.
Kubiak missed a week of work in October after suffering a complex migraine, his second health scare in three years. He suffered a mini-stroke during a game in November 2013.
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.
General manager John Elway said he was saddened and disappointed in Kubiak's resignation, "but I understand and respect Gary for doing what's right for him and his family."
Elway now embarks on his third head coaching search in his six seasons as Broncos GM.
Kubiak and Elway both released statements, which you can read below.
STATEMENT FROM GARY KUBIAK.
“As I told our team last night, this is an extremely difficult decision to step down as head coach. I love to work and I love football, but ultimately the demands of the job are no longer a good fit for me.
“I gave everything I had to this team the last two seasons, but this year, in particular, has been tough on me. As hard as it is to leave this position, I know that it’s the best thing for myself, my family and the Denver Broncos.
“I’ve been blessed to spend more than two decades with the Broncos working for Mr. Bowlen and a great organization from top to bottom. I’m forever grateful to this team, in particular John Elway and Joe Ellis, for giving me the opportunity to serve as its head coach. There are countless others to thank, including players, coaches, personnel staff, trainers, support staff and fans.
“Although we fell short of our goals this year, I’m proud of our teams these past two seasons. Helping to bring Mr. Bowlen, his family and this organization its third Super Bowl is something that will always be very special to me.
“I’m not sure what my future holds, but I know that I’ll always consider myself a Bronco. This team is in good hands with a lot of outstanding people, and I expect great things ahead for the Denver Broncos.”
STATEMENT FROM JOHN ELWAY
“When Gary informed me of his decision to step down as head coach, I was obviously saddened and disappointed. But, I understand and respect Gary for doing what’s right for him as well as his family.
“From the time he was hired as head coach, Gary worked to get the most out of the players to push this team over the top. He gave everything he had, and we won a lot of games along the way. The way Gary led the team and managed a challenging situation during our Super Bowl run was one of the best coaching jobs I’ve ever seen.
“Gary’s been a teammate, co-worker and, most importantly, a friend for more than 30 years. Without a doubt, he’s left the Broncos in a better place than when he stepped off that plane from Houston two years ago.
“I appreciate all Gary has done for us. On behalf of our entire organization, I thank him and wish him all the best.”