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BSN Breakdown: 10 Things That Jump Off Gary Kubiak's Offensive Résumé

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May 12, 2015


As you might’ve heard, Gary Kubiak is back in the Mile High City after a 10-year hiatus, and he’s bringing a rather impressive offensive résumé with him.

It’s a track record that now includes two full decades as a head coach (2006-13 with the Houston Texans) and offensive coordinator (1995-05 with your Denver Broncos & 2014 with the Baltimore Ravens), and here are 10 impressive nuggets that leap off of the curriculum vitae of the new Orange and Blue field boss:

  1. While Kubiak is officially three games below .500 as an NFL head coach, he only has experienced four losing seasons – 6-10 in 1999 with the Broncos, 6-10 in his ’06 debut with the Texans, 6-10 in ’10 with Houston and 2-11 in ’13 in his final season with the Texans — over the last 20 years.
  2. And in those 20 seasons as a head coach or offensive coordinator, only five of Kubiak’s offenses failed to finish in the league’s top 10 in scoring with the ’99 Broncos ranking 18th, the ’06 Texans finishing 28th, the ’07 Texans coming in 12th, the ’08 Texans ranking 17th and the ’13 Texans finishing 31st.
  3. Similarly, Kubiak’s offenses have notched 13 top-10 league finishes in total yards, with only the ’01 Broncos (22nd) and ’06 Texans (28th) ranking in the NFL’s bottom half.
  4. Piggy-backing that last stat, only two of Kubiak’s last 20 teams – his first two squads in Houston in ’06 and ’07 – have finished the season with a negative yards differential (i.e. being outgained by the opposition).
  5. Most of Kubiak’s offensive rep revolves around the ground game, though, and that comes straight from the rushing rankings of his 20 offenses, which include 11 top-10 league finishes in terms of rushing attempts and 14 top-10 rushing-yard placings, including an impressive 10 top-five finishes.
  6. Only four of Kubiak’s 20 teams – the ’06 (21st), ’07 (22nd), ’09 (30th) and ’13 (20th) Texans squads – finished a season ranked in the bottom half of the league in rushing yards.
  7. Eight different running backs have rushed for 1,000 or more yards in a Kubiak offense over the last 20 years. Terrell Davis tops that list with four 1,000-yard seasons and is followed by Arian Foster (three seasons), Mike Anderson (two) and Clinton Portis (two) while Olandis Gary, Reuben Droughns, Steve Slaton and Justin Forsett had one 1,000-yard campaign apiece.
  8. Amazingly, though, of those eight 1,000-yard Kubiak backs, only one – Portis a second-round Denver pick in ’02 – was drafted higher than the third round. And Foster, as most of you fantasy freaks well know, wasn’t even drafted at all.
  9. Overall, the ’01 Broncos and ’06, ’07, ’09 and ’13 Texans are the only five Kubiak offenses not to produce a 1,000-yard rusher over the past two decades.
  10. In fact, in eight of those 20 seasons, Kubiak’s teams have fielded a 1,400-yard rusher. It, started, of course, with T.D.’s memorable three-year run from 1996-96 (1,538 yards-1,750-2,008) and was followed by Anderson (1,487 in ’00), Portis (1,508 in ’02 & 1,591 in ’03) and Foster (1,616 in ’10 & 1,424 in ’12).


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