Gary Kubiak isn't ready to ride into the sunset just yet.
Detroit has spread a wide net in an attempt to find a replacement for Jim Schwartz, but the beeline through the team's flock of serious candidates is clear: Proven experience working with the quarterback position.
With Jim Caldwell, Ken Whisenhunt and Jay Gruden in the running, Kubiak -- like those men -- is viewed as an offensive-minded leader who would be brought in to develop Matthew Stafford. At the same time, Kubiak's demise in Houston was linked to a Texans brain trust that tired of a coaching staff that lacked creativity and struggled to make halftime adjustments during a 2-14 campaign.
Put it all together, and Detroit, quite clearly, is opting for an experienced, veteran coach over rolling the dice with a young wild card.