ENGLEWOOD, Colorado — Denver Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett has turned over playcalling duties for Sunday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders to quarterbacks coach/passing coordinator Klint Kubiak, multiple team sources have confirmed to ESPN.
Kubiak completed those tasks in practice this week, and Hackett made the decision as the team headed into the weekend, sources say. Whether Kubiak will play for the rest of the season is not clear.
The Broncos (3-6) are bottom in the league at 14.6 points per game, bottom in the league on offense in the red zone, second bottom in third-down conversions, and second bottom in goal-to-lead . situations go. They have 19+ points in just two games this season – their Week 4 loss to the Raiders and their Week 8 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in London.
The Broncos started the weekend after scoring exactly one more touchdown (12) than the Cleveland Browns, running back Nick Chubb.
Kubiak, whose father Gary led the Broncos to their 2015 season-ending Super Bowl 50 win, is in his second term on the Broncos coaching staff. He was on his father’s staff as well as on the coaching staff of Vance Joseph in Denver.
NFL Network first reported Sunday that Kubiak would call the games against the Raiders.
Hackett said last week that he was “surprised” by the Broncos’ struggles on offense.
“Obviously when you have the results that you have, you’re always disappointed as a coach… because it didn’t look like any of us would want it to,” he said.
The Broncos’ 14.6 points per game is the lowest in nine games since 1966 — the first year a Super Bowl was played before it was even called the Super Bowl.
The Broncos have lost five one-score games this season, and Hackett had several game management issues earlier in the year, including game clock issues. Quarterback Russell Wilson has worn an armband in the last two games, a move Hackett said has made play-in more efficient.
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/35066854/sources-klint-kubiak-call-plays-denver-broncos Klint Kubiak to call plays for Denver Broncos