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Gary Kubiak won’t be on Vic Fangio’s coaching staff for Denver Broncos

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — In a decision that will certainly stun many of the Denver Broncos‘ faithful, Gary Kubiak will not be a part of Vic Fangio’s coaching staff after all, sources told ESPN on Friday.

Kubiak’s potential return to the Broncos coaching staff — something team president of football operations/general manager John Elway said was a possibility the day after the Broncos closed out their 6-10 season — had been one of the most talked about items in the team’s coaching search. Vance Joseph was fired Dec. 31 after two seasons on the job.

While Kubiak will not be on Fangio’s staff because of differing ideas on the team’s potential offensive philosophy as well as some of the other assistant coaches on offense that would be hired, sources said, the possibility remained Friday Kubiak could remain as part of the Broncos personnel department.

However, it was unclear what would happen if another team pursued Kubiak with a coaching opportunity.

The Broncos were also, sources said, talking Mike Munchak about a spot on Fangio’s coaching staff and a deal could be finalized there as soon as the weekend. Munchak, whose contract as offensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers is set to expire, was one of the five candidates the Broncos interviewed for the head coaching job and the Broncos’ decision-makers had narrowed the choices to Munchak and Fangio before Fangio was offered, and accepted, the job.

Kubiak, who won Super Bowl 50 as the team’s head coach – the franchise’s third title — stepped away from coaching after the 2016 season due to health concerns. He has been in the Broncos’ personnel department for much of the last two years and was given an expanded role in personnel this past season.

Overall, Kubiak has spent almost a quarter century with the Broncos, including nine years as a player, 11 years on Mike Shanahan’s coaching staff and his two years as the team’s head coach.

Just before Fangio was formally introduced as the team’s 17th head coach Thursday, he had an extended sit-down with Kubiak and Elway said he planned to meet with Kubiak later that day.

When Fangio was asked about the possibility of Kubiak joining the coaching staff he said: “None of the assistant coaching positions have been determined yet, and until things are ironed out and iron-clad, I prefer not to comment on that. But Gary is a hell of a coach. He’s a guy that I have respected throughout my career in the NFL, having competed against him at several stops. If Gary is interested, then I’m interested.”

And Thursday afternoon, Elway had added: “I know Vic met with Gary (Thursday). I haven’t had a chance to a sense of that meeting. I have talk to Vic. I think Gary would like to go on the offensive side, but none of that has been settled.”

The Broncos, who have used four different starting quarterbacks in the last two seasons, finished 19th in offense this past season and 24th in scoring. The team finished 26th in scoring in 2017 and 22nd in scoring in 2016.

Just after season’s end Elway talked about the important of finding some “continuity.” The 2019 season will mark the fourth different offensive coordinator the team has had in a four-season span.

“We definitely have to get better on the offensive side,” Elway said the day after the season ended. “That starts with some continuity. It’s going to be very important for us to get some continuity on the offensive side. This will be our fourth system in four years. That is something that we’re really going to concentrate on, getting some continuity. That’s what comes with the same system and finding the right guys. That’s going to be a big part of it.”

When asked what he wanted in an offense, Fangio said Thursday:

“We talked about an offensive philosophy and I believe in balance, but, balance immediately comes to your mind is run and pass. There are other things that need to be balanced in offensive play. Do you throw it short, intermediate or deep? Do you run in inside, outside or have deceptives? Do you run gap schemes and zone schemes? Are you play-action, movement passing game? When I say balance, I’m not necessarily talking about how many runs and how many passes. You need to have balance within your passing game and in your running game. I know that from having to defend it. That’s what we’re looking to do.”

ESPN’s Adam Schefter contributed to this report.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers hire former USC Trojans running backs coach Todd McNair who sued NCAA

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TAMPA, Fla. — Former USC running-backs coach Todd McNair, who spent the past seven years fighting the NCAA over the Reggie Bush scandal and lost, will return to coaching in 2018 as the running backs coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a source confirmed to ESPN on Friday.

McNair’s hiring was first reported by Pewter Report.

In a high-profile defamation lawsuit, McNair accused the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions of destroying his coaching career when it found him guilty of unethical conduct when Bush accepted improper benefits at USC, where McNair coached for six seasons and helped guide Bush to a Heisman Trophy in 2005.

McNair has not coached at the college or NFL level since 2010, but has been coaching high school football in Sun Valley, California.

A four-year NCAA investigation concluded that McNair knew or should have known that Bush had accepted $280,000 worth of improper benefits. McNair claimed he had no knowledge of Bush or his family accepting those benefits.

McNair’s attorneys argued that the NCAA tried to make an example out of him. He testified that after he lost his job at USC, his wife, Lynette, took a job as a parking-lot attendant. He said he was also forced to use his retirement funds and had to live off of food stamps.

In May, the jury ruled in favor of the NCAA. McNair’s attorneys filed a motion for a new trial in December, with a hearing scheduled for January.

This isn’t the first time that Bucs new head coach Bruce Arians has hired a staff member who struggled to find work after being subjected to harsh and controversial punishment from the NCAA. Arians offered an internship with the Arizona Cardinals in 2015 to David Kelly, a former University of Central Florida assistant who was forced to resign from the school in 2011, despite the fact that the school appealed its sanctions and won. Kelly has since landed on his feet as Florida State’s wide receivers/recruiting coordinator.

McNair played for Arians at Temple University and with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1989-1993, before coaching with him on the Cleveland Browns staff from 2001 to 2003.

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Steve Wilks firing ‘hurt a little bit’ amid lack of black hires

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TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers new assistant head coach and run game coordinator Harold Goodwin didn’t mince words Friday when asked about his disappointment over the firing of Steve Wilks by the Arizona Cardinals after one season and the lack of minority hires.

“That hurt a little bit,” Goodwin said. “He’s a friend of mine. We worked together back in the day with the Bears. It’s hard to build something from the ground up with one year. It’s like, ‘Hey, I want you to start this Fortune 500 company, but you’ve got one year. That’s impossible. And that’s what he was tasked with. But God will look after him. He’ll be OK in the long run and hopefully he’ll get another opportunity.”

This offseason was particularly difficult for minority coaches. Five of the eight coaches fired either during or after the 2018 season — Wilks, Hue Jackson of the Cleveland Browns, Todd Bowles of the New York Jets, Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals and Vance Joseph of the Denver Broncos — are black. That has left just Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers and Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers as the only black head coaches in the NFL.

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Miami Dolphins zeroing in on Brian Flores

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The Miami Dolphins concluded their interview process for a new head coach Friday — and the candidate they intend and hope to hire is Brian Flores, ESPN’s Jeff Darlington reports.

Flores, currently linebackers coach of the New England Patriots, was the first person Miami interviewed (on Jan. 4) in the wake of its Dec. 31 firing of Adam Gase.

The Dolphins chose Flores, most notably, for his impressive leadership skills. They did not look for somebody who was specific to offense or defense — but rather someone who would serve as the best head coach they could find.

Flores’ long-standing relationship with general manager Chris Grier made him a favorable candidate from the start, and his interview solidified their early impressions.

No deal has been agreed upon, and no negotiations on a contract have taken place, Darlington reports. The Patriots host the Los Angeles Chargers in the AFC divisional round Sunday.

The Dolphins stayed in-house and interviewed special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi and offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains on Friday. They’ve interviewed six candidates total, with Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen and Dallas Cowboys defensive play-caller Kris Richard the others.

Flores, the 37-year-old Patriots de facto defensive coordinator, started his career the same way as Grier — as a New England scout.

Flores has coached offense, defense and special teams along with the stint as a scout in New England. He has spent his entire coaching career – since 2004 – with the Patriots.

If hired, Flores would be the first African-American coach in Dolphins history and their 10th head coach (including interims) overall since 2004.

Miami has finished between 6-10 and 10-6 in each of the last 10 seasons, the only team in the NFL to do that. It went 7-9 in 2018, losing its last three games by a score of 100-41.

The Dolphins allowed 6,257 yards this past season, 29th in the NFL and the most in franchise history. The offense, which finished 31st, wasn’t much better.

Information from ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe was used in this report.

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