NFL notebook: Gary Kubiak signs deal to coach Broncos coach _lowres

File-This Sept. 30, 2012, file photo shows Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak waving a red flag to challenge a first down call in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Houston. Kubiak is John Elway's No. 2 again. The Denver Broncos general manager and executive vice president was hashing out a four-year contract with his former backup QB, Kubiak, to become the team's head coach, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Dave Einsel, File)

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Gary Kubiak has signed a four-year contract to coach the Denver Br

Kubiak’s relationship with general manager John Elway goes back 32 years, when they entered the NFL together in 1983. Kubiak spent nine seasons as Elway’s backup quarterback and 11 more as Denver’s offensive coordinator, including the final four years of Elway’s Hall of Fame career.

Elway said in a statement: “Having coached on three Super Bowl teams and 11 playoff teams, Gary knows what it will take to deliver another world championship” to Denver.

Kubiak went 63-66 as coach of the Texans from 2006-13.


Fox ‘looking forward’ to challenge with Bears: In Lake Forest, Ill., John Fox wasn’t backing down from the challenge he faces as the Chicago Bears’ new coach.

Fox says he’s “looking forward” to tackling the job and help spark a franchise coming off a disappointing season.

The Bears went 5-11, missed the playoffs for the seventh time in eight years and fired general manager Phil Emery and coach Marc Trestman. They hired Ryan Pace as GM and then turned to Fox last week, just days after he coached the Denver Broncos in the playoffs, to replace Trestman.

On Monday, the Bears introduced their new coach.

Fox did not provide any answers about the futures of quarterback Jay Cutler or receiver Brandon Marshall.


NFL investigating deflated footballs: The NFL is investigating whether the New England Patriots deflated footballs that were used in their AFC championship game victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

“We are looking into it,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy wrote in an email to The Associated Press on Monday. “We do not have anything further to add at this point.”

“We’ll cooperate fully with whatever the league wants us to, whatever questions they ask,” Belichick said Monday during his regular conference call with reporters.

He said he was unaware there was an issue until Monday morning.


Undlin, Peelle join coaching staff: In Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Eagles have hired Cory Undlin to coach defensive backs and Justin Peelle to coach tight ends.

John Lovett, the team’s defensive backs coach since 2013, and Ted Williams, the tight ends coach for the past two years, will move to pro scouting.


The Broncos had three Pro Bowl players in the secondary: cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Chris Harris and safety T.J. Ward.


Team looking for coordinator: In Jacksonville, Fla., the Jacksonville Jaguars might be evaluating more than players at the Senior Bowl.

Coach Gus Bradley and his staff took a charter bus to Mobile, Alabama, on Monday to coach the South team in the college all-star game. Bradley also could end up hiring an offensive coordinator during the weeklong event.

Bradley already interviewed seven candidates for the job, which opened when Jedd Fisch was fired two days after the regular season ended.

Bradley interviewed Minnesota running backs coach Kirby Wilson on Jan. 8, followed by San Francisco offensive coordinator Greg Roman (Jan. 10), former Buffalo head coach Doug Marrone (Wednesday), Oakland offensive coordinator Greg Olson (Thursday), former Buffalo offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett (Friday), Jets running backs coach Anthony Lynn (Saturday) and former Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase (Sunday).