HOUSTON — A year ago, Kubiak was deep in preparations to coach the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50. He was holding daily press conferences and running practices and meetings in Santa Clara, Calif., totally immersed in football.
Now he’s semi-retired — at least from coaching, having resigned his job as Broncos head coach in early January. With the Super Bowl in Houston, not far from where Kubiak owns a ranch, the big game has temporarily drawn him back to football.
“This week brings back a lot of memories,” Kubiak said.
And it might even bring him back into the league.
Asked about a potential return to the NFL, in a capacity other than coaching, Kubiak told The Denver Post: “I’ve had some great conversations around the league with some people. Is that personnel? I don’t know. I talked to some colleges about various situations that are very interesting to me,” he said. “What I’m going to do is make sure I take a good break here — it’s only been a month — then I’m going to make a decision and go get after it. I’m hoping within the next couple of months I’ll decide on where I want to go next and what I want to do.
“My next stop is not going to be coaching, and I’m kind of excited about that because there are a lot of things about the game that I’ve always loved. I love evaluating, I love the draft, I love evaluating players and doing those types of things."
In the meantime, Kubiak's been spending time on his ranch, getting quality time with his wife, Rhonda, and being a grandpa to his first grandchild, who recently turned seven months old.
“All of a sudden you wake up and hop on a tractor or go grab a fishing pole. My life has just been different for a month, but it's been really good,” Kubiak told USA TODAY Sports. “I feel good and relaxed. I’ve been working out, which I haven't done in a while, trying to get back on that train.”
He misses part of his old life, mostly the people, he said, and he was encouraged to see so many of his assistant coaches land new jobs, like defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who went to the Los Angeles Rams, and offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, who landed with the Buffalo Bills, to the many assistants retained by Vance Joseph, his successor in Denver.
“We'll see what happens. I'm looking forward to it,” Kubiak said. “I have had some great conversations. I'll be involved with football somehow, some way. It won't be coaching. Not right now."