You often hear about players sitting out entire swathes of the season because of health issues; this is rarely the case for coaches. However, that is what happened with Coach Gary Kubiak of the Denver Broncos who was commanded to take some time off due to migraines; not that his absence will affect the NFL betting odds.
In Gray’s absence, special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis will run things, acting as interim coach during the San Diego game on Thursday.
The 23-16 loss to Atlanta left the 55-year-old coach feeling lethargic and an Ambulance eventually took him away. Kubiak’s medical history is worrying. Some people might remember that he suffered a mini-stroke in 2013 while coaching the Houston Texans, collapsing at halftime during a game.
Kubiak was back ten days later only to be fired a month down the road. According to John Elway, Kubiak will go home directly from the hospital. He has been ordered to take a whole week off and encouraged to take care of his health issues, possibly even figuring out if there might be any underlying problems worth investigating.
In other news, Coach John Harbaugh said goodbye to Marc Trestman, convinced that the Baltimore’s offense couldn’t possibly improve with him calling the shots. He let the offensive coordinator go, replacing him with Quarterbacks Coach Marty Mornhinweg.
There was little surprise, though, what with the Ravens scoring only one touchdown in a 16-10 loss to Washington 24 hours earlier. According to Harbaugh, the team needs to create a new dynamic. He clearly believes that Marty will give the offense the physicality it needs, this along with the right attack mentality and an attitude that actually gets things done.
The game against the Redskins revealed the miserable nature of the Ravens’ offense. This was only Trestman’s second season as offensive coordinator with Baltimore. Marty has also only been with the team since 2015.
He previously spent some time working as the Jets’ offensive coordinator and was also the Lions head coach in the early 2000s. Whether or not he can reinvigorate the Ravens’ offense remains to be seen.
Elsewhere, Coach Bruce Arians was heard suggesting that Carson Palmer was set to pass the final stage of the concussion protocol on Tuesday. He might make it back in time for the Monday Night game against the Jets.
Palmer’s head slammed into the ground on the 2nd of October following a sack by the Rams Aaron Donald. As such, he was unable to help the cardinals beat the 49ers.
Over in Minnesota, the unbeaten Vikings lost right tackle Andre Smith whose recent injuries have more or less sidelined him for the rest of the season. Left Tackle Matt Kalil was also added to the injured reserve, replaced by T.J Clemmings.
While Free agent Jake Long was seen at the Vikings facility on Monday for a Workout, everyone is fairly certain that San Francisco Coach Chip Kelly will select Colin Kaepernick as the starting quarterback for the Sunday game against Buffalo.
Kelly hasn’t said much about his choice, suggesting that he has yet to make a decision, but there is talk of Colin taking to the field where he will probably attract more controversy with his Anthem protest. Along with signing cornerback JaCorey Shepherd, the 49ers were forced to put Chris David on injured reserve.
Elsewhere, Cody Kessler’s injuries might not stop him from starting for the Browns at Tennessee over the weekend. His replacement, Charlie Whitehurst, suffered a knee injury recently. Josh McCown has also been cleared to practice after an earlier collarbone injury.
The Dolphins have put linebacker Koa Misi on injured reserve because of a neck injury while Redskins cornerback Josh Norman isn’t expected to miss playing time despite his ailing wrist.
The Bills offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson’s four-game suspension ended, so he has been activated, this while the Bills put safety Colt Anderson on injured reserve.