DENVER (CBS4) – For the fourth time in four years, the Broncos will have a different head coach when they play in San Diego.
Current head coach Gary Kubiak will miss Thursday night’s game after going to the hospital with “flu-like symptoms” following Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.
“Gary is going to concentrate on Gary this week,” John Elway said in a news conference Monday. “The doctors said, ‘You need to put Gary first.'”
Kubiak, 55, was diagnosed with a “complex migraine condition that caused extreme fatigue and body weakness,” but has since been released from the hospital.
“Gary can take this week to work on himself and maybe get back to normal on Monday,” Elway said.
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Special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis will step up to act as head coach against the Chargers while Kubiak is out.
Elway said a big factor in the decision to tab DeCamillis for the role was to not take away from the play calling.
It means, though, that it’s the fourth time in four years that the Broncos have had a different head coach when they visit San Diego.
In 2013, Jack Del Rio filled the void left by John Fox, when he was taken to the hospital in Charlotte, N.C.
Fox returned in 2014, but lost his job the next year to Kubiak.
In each of those three years, the Broncos went on to win on the road, beating the Chargers 28-20, 22-10, and 17-3, respectively.
DeCamillis will try to keep the streak alive Thursday night, when the Broncos take on the Chargers on CBS4 at 6:25 p.m.