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Gary Kubiak, find the longtime quarterback who led his old team, ampoule the Denver Broncos, dosage to a Super Bowl title last season as the head coach, is expected to retire because of health concerns.

An announcement is expected on Monday, when Kubiak is to meet the news media a day after the Broncos finished the season by beating the Oakland Raiders, 24-6. With a 9-7 record, Denver missed the playoffs.

Before the game, ESPN and several other news outlets reported that Kubiak would retire after the season. Fans in Denver, anticipating his departure, chanted “Kooooobes” with less than a minute left in the game. Afterward, Kubiak declined to confirm whether he would retire but said he would address the topic on Monday. He did say, however, that he had “struggled this year” and that he was emotional during the game.

“Yeah, there’s some emotions, naturally,” he told reporters. “I’ve got a lot invested in the place. Let me deal with it a little tomorrow, but yeah, it was tough.”

Kubiak, 55, has had several health scares. In 2013, he collapsed as he was leaving the field at halftime while coaching the Houston Texans. It was determined that he had had a kind of ministroke — a transient ischemic attack, or temporary interruption of blood flow to the brain caused by a clot. This season, Kubiak was hospitalized with a “complex migraine” that caused him to miss a game.

Kubiak’s retirement would mean that there would be at least six coaching openings in the N.F.L. The Buffalo Bills, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Los Angeles Rams all fired their head coaches in recent weeks.

The San Francisco 49ers (1-15 this season) and the San Diego Chargers (5-11) announced after their games Sunday that they had fired their coaches. Chip Kelly coached the 49ers for only this season; the team’s general manager, Trent Baalke, was also fired. The Chargers’ head coach, Mike McCoy, had a record of 27-37, including one playoff appearance, in four seasons with the team.

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Jan 1, physician 2017; Denver, store CO, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker Zaire Anderson (50) is tended to by personnel in the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 24-6. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said after the team’s 24-6 win over the Oakland Raiders that inside linebacker Zaire Anderson should be fine.

“All indications are Zaire is going to be okay,” Kubiak told media members after the team’s season finale.

Anderson was taken to a hospital to have his neck evaluated after he collided with one of his teammates during the win. As of early Sunday evening, Anderson has not yet been released from the hospital, but his injury is not expected to be serious.

Anderson (5-11, 220 pounds) is a first-year player out of Nebraska that joined Denver as an undrafted free agent last year. As a rotational linebacker this season, Anderson has recorded 14 tackles and one forced fumble.

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sildenafil FL – DECEMBER 04: Denver Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch (12) walks back to the huddle after a timeout during the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars December 4, medications 2016 at EverBank Field. (Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)” width=”300″ height=”198″ /> JACKSONVILLE, FL – DECEMBER 04: Denver Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch (12) walks back to the huddle after a timeout during the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars December 4, 2016 at EverBank Field. (Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Put that coffee down. Don’t tell me about the NFL grind. Football is hard. We get it. But coach Gary Kubiak needs to wake up the Broncos before it’s too late.

Although the record says Denver is 8-4 and squarely in the playoff hunt, this is a team with a problem: Coffee’s for closers, and the Broncos seem to have forgotten how to close.

In the span of eight days, they let Kansas City off the hook and tried to blow a 14-point lead against Jacksonville. Kubiak stands on the sideline, like a man waiting on a bus, hoping his defense finds a way to win the game.

What did we learn Sunday? You mean other than maybe general manager John Elway might want to reach out to the Dallas Cowboys and inquire about the availability of quarterback Tony Romo, bad back and all, for next season?

We learned the Broncos can beat the gosh-awful Jacksonville in their sleep. That was proved with a 20-10 victory in this sorry excuse for a big-league stadium, half covered in orange jerseys of visiting fans and half disinterested. You mean to tell me St. Louis has been deemed unworthy as an NFL city and the Chargers are ready to bolt San Diego, yet commissioner Roger Goodell is content with Jacksonville, a gas stop on the way to the real attractions in Florida? That’s incomprehensible.

I have covered nearly 500 Broncos games since Elway was a rookie in 1983, and this snoozer against the Jags ranked down there as one of the hardest to watch. Yes, rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch stunk up the joint in his second start as a pro, sailing intermediate passes high and inexplicably coming up short on deep throws when receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders got behind the defense.

“It obviously wasn’t pretty,” said Lynch, who completed 12-of-24 passes for 104 yards.

But the problem with this offense is bigger than Lynch. Denver cannot run the football, and Kubiak cannot find any imagination on his laminated sheet of plays to break this funk. The Broncos seem to have an unwritten rule against throwing passes inside the numbers; are quarterbacks Lynch and Trevor Siemian that incapable of finding windows in the middle of the field? While the Denver defense accounted for 10 points in the second half, with the biggest play a beautiful 51-yard interception return for a touchdown by cornerback Bradley Roby, the offense produced exactly one first down during the final two quarters.

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Long before he confronted the difficult decision of trying a 62-yard field goal in overtime, Gary Kubiak made another call that would come back to haunt him.

The Broncos coach didn’t go for two after Bennie Fowler’s 76-yard touchdown gave Denver a seven-point lead over Kansas City late in the fourth quarter Sunday night.

A 2-point conversion would have made it a two-score game.

“No, we’re going up by eight there,” said Kubiak, who sent Brandon McManus out for the extra point that made it 24-16.

With this defense, an eight-point lead late in the game seems downright insurmountable.

In last year’s AFC championship, the Broncos surrendered a touchdown throw from Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski with 12 seconds left but Bradley Roby intercepted Brady’s 2-point conversion attempt, sealing the Broncos’ 20-18 win that propelled them to the Super Bowl.

This is largely that same defense that brought home the Lombardi Trophy two weeks later, save for the departures of Malik Jackson (whom the Broncos will face in Jacksonville on Sunday) and Danny Trevathan.

“If you give us an eight-point lead, I would bet my game check that no one would score on us,” said cornerback Aqib Talib, who pulls in $500,000 a game, before taxes. “So, I would have been in debt right now.”

Here’s what made that seem like such a safe bet:

—After the touchback, the Chiefs had 75 yards to go. They had averaged a mere 12 yards per drive on their first dozen possessions to that point.

—They had three minutes and no timeouts remaining.

—The Broncos were the fresher team, coming off a bye.

Yet, after Derek Wolfe sacked Alex Smith for a 7-yard loss on first down, the strength of Denver’s team suddenly couldn’t find the game-saving plays that have defined them as one of the best clutch defenses ever.

Kayvon Webster was whistled for holding, Von Miller jumped offside, T.J. Ward was flagged for illegal contact.

Even after forcing three incompletions from their 14, the Broncos couldn’t stop the Chiefs on fourth-and-10 with 15 seconds remaining. Tyreek Hill caught an 11-yard pass on Roby, who had inexplicably lined up behind the first-down marker.

Hill hauled in the touchdown pass on the next play, the ball rattling off his shoulder pads before he secured it while sitting on the goal line when a clean catch probably comes up short and time runs out.

Instead, it’s 24-22 and 6-foot-7 tight end Demetrius Harris lined up across 5-10 cornerback Chris Harris Jr.

“I had never even heard of him,” the Broncos’ Harris said of the Chiefs’ Harris, who played basketball at UW-Milwaukee but had to play club football because the Panthers don’t field a football team.

Smith hit Harris for the tying 2-pointer that sent the game into overtime, which Kansas City won 30-27 on Cairo Santos’ banked field goal as time expired .

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Do you play for the tie or play for the win?

Denver coach Gary Kubiak opted for the latter when he likely could have had the former. He wound up with neither.

With the Broncos and Chiefs tied at 27 with 1:08 remaining in overtime, Kubiak found himself facing a fourth-and-10 from the Kansas City 44. Had Denver punted there, the Chiefs may not have had the time (or the motivation) to test the limits of how quickly they could drive into field-goal range. The odds at that point certainly pointed toward a punt ending Sunday night’s thrilling game in a tie.

Instead, Kubiak opted for the 62-yard field goal attempt, giving his big-legged kicker Brandon McManus a shot to blast one through the cold Mile High air for the win. McManus’s kick wasn’t even close—it started left and just kept hooking.

As a result, Kansas City took over at the Denver 48, needing just a field goal to win, with a minute on the clock and a timeout in its pocket. Two Alex Smith completions pushed the ball into field-goal range. The Chiefs’ Cairo Santos then banked one in off the left upright to seal a dramatic 30–27 win.

Kansas City now sits at 8–3, all alone in the AFC’s first wild-card spot and just a game back of the Raiders for first in the West. Denver, at least temporarily, has dropped out of the playoff picture. The Broncos (7–4) sit at seventh in the AFC, behind resurgent Miami due to the conference-record tiebreaker.

So, Kubiak’s decision carries significant repercussions. His team faces an even tougher climb to the playoffs because it backfired.

“The fact that we had no timeouts probably made it—made me want to go in that direction,” Kubiak said after the game. “If you did have your timeouts, maybe, maybe you think about punting it down there and see if you can get the ball back. I don’t know. But we’re going to try to win, and I’ve seen B-Mac do that many times in practice.”

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