Early in the Bengals’ coaching search, the team attempted to interview Broncos assistant Gary Kubiak, but they were ultimately denied said request.
Well, now the Bengals might not have to worry about getting permission, as Kubiak could soon become a coaching free agent, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Network reporter James Palmer:
Assistant shocker: Gary Kubiak will not be Denver’s offensive coordinator, league sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 11, 2019
After lengthy discussions, Denver and Kubiak had different ideas on staffing and offensive philosophies. Both sides going in different directions.
It was expected that Gary Kubiak would be the Broncos OC or on the offensive side of the ball, but now things have changed and he won’t be a part of the staff I’m told. Fangio and Kubiak met Thursday morning.— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) January 11, 2019
However, Albert Breer reports that Kubiak is unlikely to coach this season, and he may actually remain with Denver.
Gary Kubiak won't be Broncos offensive coordinator, as @AdamSchefter said. He likely won't be coaching at all, I'm told, but he remains under contract in Denver on the personnel side.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 11, 2019
So, for now, it’s unclear if Kubiak is actually leaving the Broncos and if he’ll actually coach in 2019.
Either way, the Bengals tried to interview to be the team’s next offensive coordinator, as they’re looking for a new one after Bill Lazor was just let go. Kubiak would be one of the top offensive coordinators available ‘if’ that’s the path he chooses for next season.
While nothing appears to be final yet in terms of Kubiak staying or leaving Denver, it’s worth keeping an eye on for the Bengals.