ENGLEWOOD - If communication is any indication, the Denver Broncos might find it easier with Gary Kubiak available to coach them than trying “to win one for the Kube” when he’s not.
Kubiak, the Broncos’ head coach, is on sick leave this week after he was stricken with what doctors have diagnosed as a ‘’complex migraine” following the team’s 23-16 loss to Atlanta on Sunday.
For their game without Kubiak on Thursday at San Diego, I asked Broncos star pass rusher Von Miller if there was any “win one for Kubes,’’ sentiment going around the locker room.
“No, and I don’t think Kube would want it that way,’’ Miller said. “Me, personally, and me knowing about Kube, I don’t think he would want this to be a big deal, bigger than what it really is.’’
Miller makes a great point: Kubiak no doubt is embarrassed by the fuss his illness has caused. Still, Miller is about to change his mind following the next defensive meeting led by coordinator Wade Phillips.
“I know he’s going to miss the game, and we’re going to miss him,’’ Phillips said of Kubiak. “And we’re going to play for him, I’ll tell you that. I’m going to talk to the defense: We’re going to dedicate this game to him."
“He’s meant so much to this team and the reason we won the Super Bowl was because of him. We’re going to do something for him, too, play this game for him.’’
To be clear, Miller held his press conference first Tuesday and was unaware of Phillips’ intentions. It happens.
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