Even longtime Broncos fans may have a hard time thinking of a more agonizing regular-season defeat than Denver's 30-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last night — and in the minds of many, the reason has everything to do with Coach Gary Kubiak.
Allow us to set the stage. The Broncos took a 24-16 lead late in the fourth quarter thanks to a long touchdown pass hurled by quarterback Trevor Siemian, in what was arguably his best performance as a starter — but unexpectedly soft defense allowed the Chiefs to score a TD and a two-point conversion to send the contest into overtime. During the extra stanza, the Broncos settled for a field goal in their opening possession, then held Kansas City to a three-pointer, setting up a chance to win the next time they got the ball. But after moving to the Kansas City 44-yard line, the Broncos stalled thanks in large part to highly dubious play-calling. A first-down run of the sort the Chiefs had been stuffing all game predictably failed, and on third down (following a batted ball), Kubiak and/or his braintrust ordered Siemian to go for broke instead of throwing underneath and setting up a shorter field-goal bid. Result: an incompletion.
At that point, Kubiak could have chosen to go for it on fourth-and-ten by way of either a straight-up offensive play or a fake field goal. Instead, he chose to have Brandon McManus try a 62-yarder that was almost impossible to make under the conditions, knowing full well that a miss would give the Chiefs the ball on their own 48-yard line — a spot that meant Kansas City really only needed a single first down plus a few extra yards in order to earn a much higher-percentage field-goal attempt. And that's how it went down: McManus missed, while KC kicker Cairo Santos's boot caromed off an upright and through for the victory.
Afterward, Kubiak told reporters at a press conference that he was merely playing to win the game and things didn't work out. But there were several other smarter, better ways to be aggressive than the one he picked — which explains why Twitter practically exploded with vitriol over his decision.
Continue to check out the twenty most memorable tweets holding Kubiak responsible.
Fucking Kubiak why the hell would you not just go for it what the fuck— Dada (@DadaTheDetri) November 28, 2016
@LightskinJesuSP I WANT KUBIAK'S HEAD ON A FUCKING PIKE WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT FUCKING 62 YARD ATTEMPT FUCK MY ASS— Christmas Zuccubus (@theragingautist) November 28, 2016
That was a tough game #Broncos. Thanks for that horrible FG attempt at 62 yards what the actual fuck Kubiak!?! He's not Elam.— Elizabeth (@lizzlybear2u) November 28, 2016
If you're calling Kubiak an idiot for the FG attempt, you're an idiot. To quote the great Herm Edwards, "HELLO!! You play to win the game!" pic.twitter.com/SnDTn3dEwc— Iowa still sucks (@Brus_Almighty) November 28, 2016
Gary Kubiak is an idiot. Who the fuck told him a 62 YARD field goal was a good idea?!? You're the reason why you guys lost tonight #KCvsDEN— Jake Speakman (@Jake_diesel12) November 28, 2016
Gary Kubiak:— Maham M. (@M__Mohsin) November 28, 2016
Fuck Boy - Type of guy who does shit that generally pisses the population of the earth off all the time.
ARRRGH FUCK YOU KUBIAK WHAT THE FUCK WERE YOU THINKING GOING FOR A 62 YARDER YOU MOTHER PUSS BUCKET!!!— Robert Tony Berry (@RobTonyBerry) November 28, 2016
Continue to see ten more Twitter reactions to Gary Kubiak's controversial coaching decision in the Broncos' loss to the Chiefs.
Kubiak is a moron for being in that spot. pic.twitter.com/B43IVTGkuw— Sherwin (@PregameEng) November 28, 2016
Who the fuck goes for a 62 yard fucking field goal in overtime? Boneheaded call. The Broncos blew is cause of Kubiak. #DenvsKC— Jay Wilz (@JayWilz303) November 28, 2016
How the fuck does that happen. Kubiak u jackass— marcous (@HesaBrute) November 28, 2016
Fuck you Kubiak. That's on you.— Benton VanDerWege (@BVanDerWege) November 28, 2016
Fuck the NFL man Gary Kubiak is a dumbass— Dan Grady (@DanGrady5) November 28, 2016
Hell of a game boys!! Sorry that a stupid decision by your coach cost you the game!! Unreal Kubiak!!— Abby (@AbbyPhillips113) November 28, 2016
Kubiak sucks. Stupid call. Can't stand a dumb coach, defense won a super bowl. His defensive coach needs to be coach. He needs to be fired.— Vincent Griffin (@vbg01) November 28, 2016
@Broncos there's gutsy calls and there are just stupid desperate calls. Kubiak blew it!— Michelle (@smlbtmty) November 28, 2016
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When you play you heart out but Kubiak makes a stupid decision, defense plays prevent d all of 4th/OT, and special teams collapses so u lose pic.twitter.com/LW5RyhqUYi— Braedon (@br__d_n) November 28, 2016