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Gary Kubiak
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Jersey #(s)
Born August 15, 1961 (1961-08-15) (age 48)
Houston, Texas
Career information
Year(s) 19831991
NFL Draft 1983 / Round: 8 / Pick: 197
College Texas A&M
Professional teams

As Player

As Coach

Career stats
TD-INT 14-16
Yards 1,920
QB Rating 70.6
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

Gary Wayne Kubiak (August 15, 1961 in Houston, Texas) is the American football head coach for the Houston Texans of the National Football League. Kubiak has participated in six Super Bowls, losing three as a player with the Denver Broncos and winning three as an assistant coach with Denver and the San Francisco 49ers.


Playing career


High school

Kubiak passed for a then state-record 6,190 yards as a quarterback for St. Pius X High School of Houston, Texas where he was given the nickname "Koob." Twice named to the all-state football, basketball, baseball and track teams, he was inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame in 1999.[1]


Kubiak attended Texas A&M University under coaches Tom Wilson and Jackie Sherrill and was selected to the All-Southwest Conference team in 1982 after leading the conference in passing yards (1,948) and touchdowns (19). As a junior, he set a conference record by throwing six touchdown passes against Rice.


Kubiak was selected in the eighth round of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos, the same year quarterback John Elway was drafted No. 1 overall by the Baltimore Colts before forcing a trade to Denver. Kubiak played his entire career for the Broncos as a backup for Elway, a Hall of Famer.[2] In nine seasons, Kubiak went 3-2 as a starter, throwing for 14 touchdowns, 16 interceptions and 1,920 yards while part of three AFC championship teams.[3]

The website Football Outsiders named their player projection system after Kubiak because of his statistically mediocre career, in homage to Baseball Prospectus's PECOTA system.

Coaching career


Kubiak began his coaching career at Texas A&M,[4] his alma mater, serving as the running backs coach for two seasons (1992–1993). He worked extensively with All-American running back Greg Hill, who was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the 1994 draft.


Assistant coach

He served as the quarterbacks coach for the San Francisco 49ers in 1994,[5] guiding Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young to one of his best seasons. Young received his second NFL MVP and captured Super Bowl XXIX MVP honors by throwing a record six touchdowns in San Francisco’s 49–26 win over the San Diego Chargers.

Kubiak returned to the Broncos the following season when Mike Shanahan, who was previously the 49ers offensive coordinator, became Denver's head coach.[6] In 11 seasons (1995-2005) as the team's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Kubiak helped lead Denver to two Super Bowl titles.

In his 11 seasons with the team, the Broncos amassed 66,501 total yards and 465 touchdowns, the most in the NFL during that span. He coached 14 different Broncos that made the Pro Bowl, including running back Terrell Davis, who was named the NFL MVP in 1998.

Head coach

Houston Texans

Kubiak was named the second head coach in Houston Texans history on Jan. 26, 2006, replacing the fired Dom Capers.[7] In his first season with the team, Houston finished fourth in the AFC South with a 6–10 record. The Texans ended the 2007 season at 8–8, the first time in team history they finished with at least a .500 record.

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
HOU 2006 6 10 0 .375 4th in AFC South - - - -
HOU 2007 8 8 0 .500 4th in AFC South - - - -
HOU 2008 8 8 0 .500 3rd in AFC South - - - -
HOU 2009 9 7 0 .563 2nd in AFC South - - - -
Texans' Total 31 33 0 .484 - - - -
Total 31 33 0 .484 - - - -

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Gary Kubiak has served:

Assistant coaches under Gary Kubiak who have became NFL head coaches:

  • None

Personal life

Kubiak and his wife, Rhonda, have three sons, Klint, Klay, and Klein. Klint is a fifth-year safety and Klay is a sophomore quarterback at Colorado State.[8] Klein is a freshman wide receiver at Rice.[9]


External links

Preceded by
Mike Mosley
Texas A&M starting quarterbacks
Succeeded by
Kevin Murray
Preceded by
Jim Fassel
Denver Broncos offensive coordinator
Succeeded by
Rick Dennison
Preceded by
Dom Capers
Houston Texans head coach
Succeeded by


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