COACH­ING STAFF COULD CHANGE

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - Cameron Wolfe, The Den­ver Post

There may be changes com­ing to the Bron­cos’ coach­ing staff after this sea­son, due in part to a strug­gling of­fense that led to the team’s first non­play­off sea­son since 2010.

Head coach Gary Ku­biak and de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Wade Phillips, mean­while, have to make de­ci­sions on whether they want to re­turn in 2017.

“I love this league. I love the Bron­cos. I love this work. I’m all in on (Sun­day’s sea­son fi­nale against) the Raiders right now,” Ku­biak said Fri­day. “There will be time for re­flec­tion and all of that stuff next week.”

Ku­biak’s fu­ture bears watch­ing mostly be­cause of his health. He was hos­pi­tal­ized overnight after the Bron­cos’ loss to At­lanta in Oc­to­ber and was di­ag­nosed with a com­plex mi­graine that caused ex­treme fa­tigue and body weak­ness. Ku­biak rested for a week at home while spe­cial-teams co­or­di­na­tor Joe DeCamil­lis took over as Den­ver’s in­terim coach.

In 2013, as the Tex­ans’ head coach, Ku­biak col­lapsed on the field at half­time of a game with what was later di­ag­nosed as a mini-stroke. He missed a week of work after that episode.

Phillips’ two-year con­tract ex­pires after this sea­son. Phillips’ de­fense was the cat­a­lyst for the Bron­cos’ Su­per Bowl 50 vic­tory last sea­son and has played at a high level this sea­son.

“We think the world of Wade,” Ku­biak said. “Ev­ery­body knows the job that Wade has done. (Con­tracts) are things that will be ad­dressed after we get through this week. But Wade’s a tremen­dous per­son and a tremen­dous foot­ball coach.”

Phillips, 69, is a 39-year NFL coach­ing vet­eran in his sec­ond stint on the Den­ver staff. He hasn’t said that he wants to re­tire. Den­ver’s de­fense wants and ex­pects Phillips back in 2017.

Phillips received the Paul “Dr. Z” Zim­mer­man Award, a life­time achieve­ment salute as an NFL as­sis­tant coach, from the Pro Foot­ball Writ­ers of Amer­ica this year.

In­jury re­port.

The Bron­cos ruled out de­fen­sive end Derek Wolfe (neck), safety T.J. Ward (con­cus­sion) and tight end A.J. Derby (con­cus­sion) for Sun­day’s game against the Raiders. Line­backer Bran­don Mar­shall (ham­string) is listed as ques­tion­able.

Those ab­sences will set up big­ger roles for the Bron­cos’ young play­ers — in­clud­ing safeties Justin Sim­mons and Will Parks, de­fen­sive end Adam Got­sis and tight ends Jeff Heuer­man and Henry Krieger-Coble.

Mar­shall hasn’t run full speed much this week. Corey Nel­son would get his fourth con­sec­u­tive start if Mar­shall can’t play.

Quar­ter­back Trevor Siemian will get a start, but Ku­biak an­tic­i­pates Siemian and rookie Pax­ton Lynch each play­ing one half.

Foot­notes.

Vet­eran line­backer DeMar­cus Ware had surgery Fri­day to re­pair the rup­tured disc in his back. … The Ea­gles pro­moted for­mer Den­ver prac­tice squad run­ning back Ter­rell Wat­son to their 53-man ros­ter.

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