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Mike Munchak Set to Join Broncos as Their New O-Line Coach

Mike Munchak, one of the five candidates who interviewed for the Denver Broncos’ head-coaching job, has agreed to join Vic Fangio’s Broncos staff as offensive line coach, sources told Jeff Legwold of ESPN.

Fangio was formally named the Broncos’ head coach Thursday. He and Munchak were believed to be the two finalists for the job after Vance Joseph was fired Dec. 31 after two seasons on the job. Munchak interviewed Jan. 4 with Broncos president of football operations/general manager John Elway and other team officials.

Munchak, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2001, will coach a group that includes the team’s 2017 first-round pick, Garett Bolles, and could see some turnover in the offseason, given two of the starters — center Matt Paradis and tackle Jared Veldheer — will be unrestricted free agents and three starters (Paradis, guard Max Garcia and guard Ron Leary) finished out the season on injured reserve.

Bolles has been one of the most penalized linemen in the league in each of his first two seasons. Bolles was flagged 14 times this past season, including 11 for holding, and was flagged 15 times as a rookie in ’17, including 10 for holding.

Munchak has been the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive line coach for the past five seasons. The 58-year-old was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection and a four-time first-team All Pro selection in his playing career.

As a coach he has long been considered one of the best offensive line coaches in the league, a tough-minded, even-keeled motivator whose former players have consistently praised him.

Gary Kubiak Won’t Be the New Offensive Coordinator of the Broncos

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In a shocker that not a lot of people saw coming, the Broncos will not be giving the offensive coordinator job to former head coach and senior advisor Gary Kubiak.

ESPN first reported the news that Kubiak, who was the Broncos coach for their last Super Bowl, is not going to take the role on the offense.

Adam Schefter tweeted the following about the situation earlier Friday:

Gary Kubiak will not be Denver’s offensive coordinator, league sources tell ESPN. After lengthy discussions, Denver and Kubiak had different ideas on staffing and offensive philosophies. Both sides going in different directions.

GM John Elway had stated that Kubiak and new head coach Vic Fangio met about a bigger role on the coaching side for Kubiak, but obviously there was not a fit.

For now Kubiak remains under contract with the Broncos on the personnel side of the organization and any interested team would need to be granted permission to interview him.

Broncos to Chat with Steelers O-Line Coach Mike Munchak About Job on Staff

The Denver Broncos liked what they saw from Steelers OC Coach Mike Munchak, and might be taking away offensive line coach from the Steelers to coach in Denver.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network tweeted out that the Broncos “have notified the Steelers of their intention to speak with respected OL coach Mike Munchak, whose contract is up. He has been in talks with Denver about a deal there. He impressed those in Denver in their HC search.”

The 58-year-old Steelers coach has been around the NFL for quite awhile, as he’s coached in the league for more than 20 years.

He worked his way to becoming the head coach of the Tennessee Titans, going 22-26 as the head coach of the Titans from 2011-13.

He was hired by the Steelers in January 2014 and spent the last five years as the team’s offensive line coach.

Munchak would make a solid addition to Vic Fango’s new staff as he continues to fill holes on the coaching staff.

Broncos CB Bradley Roby Ticked About Comments He Quit in Monday’s Loss to Oakland

No pro athlete likes to ever be called a ‘quitter’ and Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby took exception to some comments by ESPN analyst Jason Witten during the broadcast of Monday night’s 27-14 loss at the Raiders.

Witten’s words were harsh, stating that Roby should have been pulled from the game in the final minutes because “you never quit in the NFL.” ESPN’s Booger McFarland had added, “That’s embarrassing.”

“That last run there … keep an eye on Roby,” Witten said. “It’s a running play, watch this effort; the ball hits inside, he just stops, the play is still going, it cannot happen. Vance Joseph, I would pull him out because you never quit in the NFL.”

“That’s embarrassing,” McFarland added. “He’s a young guy who’s had issues.”

Coach Vance Joseph stood up for Roby, stating that Roby and the team has never quit, and that he’s never questioned the players on the team.

“I didn’t see that,” Joseph said. “Our team has maxed out every game we’ve played; we haven’t won enough games, obviously, but how we play, how hard we play, it’s no issue.

“I love our ex-players; I love they’re involved with the game. But they all forget, we could find plenty of tape with all the ex-players doing media they’ve had issues … I have not questioned our guys [about their effort].”

Roby fired back about the comments, not happy about what he labeled as “the most disrespectful thing” you can say about a player.

“I was like, wow, I can’t believe he went out of his way to do all that,” Roby said. “It’s unfortunate. I felt like he was reaching to say that because it was the end of the game. For him to characterize me as a quitter, quitting on my team, I feel like that’s the most disrespectful thing you can say in a team sport.

“For him to say that on one play — it was really a mistake, I thought the play was over, I was wrong. But for him to say that, it just made me mad. There are kids I go see at the children’s hospital who have cancer, who are paralyzed, and I tell them don’t quit … The game was over … I just felt like it was kind of unnecessary. On the play, it did look like I stopped, so I understand where he’s coming from, but it was unnecessary.”

Broncos CB Chris Harris Jr. Suffers Broken Fibula in Win Over Bengals

The Broncos got a big road win in Cincinnati on Sunday, but it came with a price, as cornerback Chris Harris Jr. suffered a fractured fibula during the victory.

After the contest, Harris said he won’t require surgery and could return if the Broncos keep winning and find themselves playing past week 17 and into the playoffs.

The Broncos wouldn’t be in line for a postseason berth if the 2018 campaign ended today, but they are in the hunt. Per the New York Times, Denver has a 21% of making the playoffs after defeating Cincinnati today. But the task of getting into the tournament will become all the more difficult without Harris, who is far-and-away the Broncos’ best defensive back.

Harris, 29, has played nearly every defensive snap (98.3%) for the Broncos this season, lining up on the outside in Denver’s base defense and moving to the slot in nickel and dime packages. For his efforts, Pro Football Focus ranks Harris as the NFL’s fifth-best cornerback, behind only Stephon Gilmore, Kareem Jackson, Desmond King, and Byron Jones. Harris also ranks eighth league-wide in yards per pass allowed, per Football Outsiders’ charting data.

Inactives for the Steelers at Broncos NFL Week 12 Matchup

Here’s today’s inactives for the Steelers and Broncos NFL Week 12 battle in Denver.

Steelers

S Marcus Allen
OT Zach Banner
OT Marcus Gilbert
WR Justin Hunter
QB Mason Rudolph
LB Matthew Thomas
DE Stephon Tuitt

Broncos

C Nico Falah
LB Alexander Johnson
OG Sam Jones
LB Brandon Marshall
S Dymonte Thomas
S Shamarko Thomas
DE DeMarcus Walker

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