DENVER (CBS4) – “I’m so proud to be back in the Broncos Nation.”

Those were the words of Gary Kubiak on Tuesday afternoon at Broncos headquarters as he was introduced as head coach.

Kubiak says he is impressed with the work general manager John Elway has done to assemble a strong team.

“You have to make sure you’re positioning yourself all the time to take that next step and the job that John does in putting the team together and the team that he surrounds the coaches with will continually give yourself an opportunity to do that,” Kubiak said.

John Elway, left, and Gary Kubiak, right (credit: CBS)

John Elway, left, and Gary Kubiak, right (credit: CBS)

When asked about Peyton Manning, Kubiak said he spoke with the quarterback and isn’t pressuring him to make a decision about whether he’ll return to the Broncos or retire before the start of next season.

“This is his time, his decision and I need to be there for him any way that I can and that’s what I plan on doing,” he said.

Kubiak was John Elway’s backup quarterback on the Denver Broncos roster from 1983 to 1991.

Kubiak spent 11 seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Broncos under Mike Shanahan and was then head coach of the Houston Texans for nearly eight seasons before being fired. The Baltimore Ravens hired him as their offensive coordinator a year ago.

Kubiak went 63-66, counting the playoffs, as head coach of the Texans from 2006-13.


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