By Joseph Rysavy, Broncos Correspondent, Tue, Jan 20th 11:31pm EST
Gary Kubiak, the Ravens offensive coordinator in 2014, is coming home to Denver after signing a four year contract on January 19th to be the Broncos head coach. After being drafted by the Broncos and playing nine years as a backup QB for John Elway, Kubiak was offensive coordinator and QB coach for the Denver Broncos for 11 years. Gary Kubiak then spent eight years in Houston as head coach and one year in Baltimore as the offensive coordinator. Kubiak was 61-64 in his tenure as head coach in Houston, winning two division championships. During this time, Gary Kubiak had David Carr and Matt Schaub at quarterback; yet Kubiak was able to maintain a record of just under .500 and a respectable passing game throughout his stay in Houston. Indeed, in 2009, Kubiak's offense (with Schaub) led the league in passing yards and was ranked in the top five for passing attempts and passing TDs. Rick Dennison and Gary Kubiak are both known for their play-action passing scheme. (Source: Denver Post
Fantasy Impact: This will be an interesting off season for Julius Thomas' fantasy value. Peyton Manning has not stated whether or not he will be back in 2015. Julius and Demaryius are set to be free agents, and Demaryius is expected to be the higher priority for the Broncos to sign. If Julius Thomas stays in Denver, his usage might see a decline in Kubiak's play-action offense which leans strongly on having a TE that can both block and catch. Julius Thomas is not known for his blocking abilities. Virgil Green, the Broncos backup TE, saw an increased role in the second half of the season as Denver became more run-heavy.