Kubiak initially declared no interest in meeting with coach-needy teams, but the idea of taking over a Super Bowl-ready Denver squad is attractive. Whether or not Elway views Kubiak as a long-term solution, his former backup would enter the fray as someone the general manager can trust. Elway spoke repeatedly this week about wanting to bring in a "like-minded" leader for what could be Peyton Manning's final season in Denver.
One issue? We don't see Manning as a fit in Kubiak's boot-heavy, play-action scheme and we don't expect the passer to start over in a new attack. The plan on offense would need to be ironed out between the coach and his quarterback if Kubiak is brought on.
The lynchpin for any potential hire is Manning. With the quarterback pondering his playing future, candidates will want to know where Peyton stands before signing on. So will Elway, we'd imagine, because Kubiak is a much better fit as a patch hire to oversee Manning's swan song. If Denver must start over with backup Brock Osweiler, a deeper search for the right long-term hire would make sense.