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(AP) — Gary Kubiak won’t return to run the Denver Broncos offense after all for new head coach Vic Fangio, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Friday.The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the discussions, said it became apparent over the last 24 hours that Kubiak wasn’t the right fit because of philosophical differences over scheme and staff.Kubiak had wanted to bring back some of the assistant coaches who have followed him throughout his coaching career along with dusting off schemes that were successful in another era but don’t fit with the Broncos’ quest to modernize their approach.Kubiak remains under contract with the Broncos and will continue in his role as a senior personnel adviser to general manager John Elway.After rejecting Kubiak’s return to the field, the Broncos set their sights on San Francisco QBs coach Rich Scangarello, but ESPN reported that the 49ers denied Denver’s request to interview him for their offensive coordinator job.So, Fangio remains on the looking for someone who will resuscitate a Denver offense that has sputtered under four different starting quarterbacks and three coordinators in the post-Peyton Manning era.And the surprising development with Kubiak curbs anticipation that the Broncos could go after Baltimore veteran quarterback Joe Flacco , who lost his starting job to rookie Lamar Jackson. Kubiak worked well with the former Super Bowl MVP in 2014 when he was the Ravens‘ offensive coordinator.Free agent quarterback Case Keenum was underwhelming in his first season in Denver and cutting him would cost $7 million but save $11 million.Either way, the Broncos are expected to select a QB in the draft (they pick 10th) even after getting burned after moving up in the first round to select Paxton Lynch three years ago.Kubiak successfully maneuvered the Broncos through a minefield of adversities to lead the franchise to its third championship after the 2015 season. But he stepped down a year later, citing health concerns after Denver slipped to 9-7 and missed the playoffs.He returned last year and helped Elway prepare for free agency and the draft, which was hailed as Elway’s best.After firing head coach Vance Joseph two weeks ago, Elway said he wants to modernize the Broncos’ schemes. Denver’s offense has especially stagnated while other teams, notably the Chiefs and Chargers in their own division, have innovated with the run-pass option craze and other college concepts lighting up scoreboards across the NFL.The Broncos will keep some members of Joseph’s staff but won’t bring back offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave or defensive coordinator Joe Woods.As Fangio prepares to build Denver’s fourth offensive system in as many years, the Broncos are hoping that Mike Munchak will come on board to coach their offensive line. Munchak’s contract as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ O-line coach has expired.Munchak was one of two finalists for the Broncos’ head coaching job and he stayed back in Denver, where his daughter lives, after interviewing with Elway last week.After Joseph’s firing, Elway said he expected Kubiak to return as an on-field offensive assistant in Denver next season and the Broncos rejected other teams’ requests to interview him for their offensive coordinator vacancies.Kubiak wasn’t at Fangio’s introductory news conference, which some construed as an attempt by the Broncos to keep the focus on Fangio, a first-time head coach after 32 years as an NFL assistant, and not an ominous sign that the union might not work.“None of the assistant coaching positions have been determined yet, and until things are ironed out and iron-clad, I prefer not to comment on that,” Fangio said Thursday when asked about Kubiak. “But Gary is a hell of a coach. He’s a guy that I have respected throughout my career in the NFL, having competed against him at several stops. If Gary is interested, then I’m interested.”Fangio led the league’s No. 1 overall defense in Chicago in 2018, and several Denver defenders are ecstatic over his hiring, including Pro Bowl cornerback Chris Harris Jr., who texted The Associated Press Drew Lock Denver Broncos Jersey , “Think Fangio will be great!”Several offensive players were equally excited about the prospect of Kubiak’s return, including receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who posted videos on social media of Kubiak getting a Gatorade shower in the waning minutes of Super Bowl 50 and of Kubiak admiring the Lombardi Trophy afterward. Who are the best players available for the Denver Broncos on Day 2 of the 2019 NFL Draft? Christopher Hart updates his remaining Big Board and shares his thoughts."It’s never a dull moment covering the 2019 NFL Draft and the Denver Broncos made several moves on the first day that had all of Broncos Country at the edge of their seat. To start off their evening, they acquired an extra second-round selection (#52 overall) and a future third round selection from the Pittsburgh Steelers, who traded up for Michigan linebacker Devin Bush. After dropping own to the twentieth overall selection, the franchise selected high-profile tight end Noah Fant, giving them a dynamic weapon at the position they haven’t had in half a decade. (ICYMI — here is my scouting report on Fant.)After the first round was in the books, twenty-three prospects in my top thirty-two went in the first round. Six others who ended up going on the first day were ranked thirty-three through forty-two respectively, with only three players outside the the top fifty going in the first. So who are the best players from my board that still remain and which of them could be favorites to land with the Broncos tomorrow evening? Let’s take a look.Hart’s Best Players Available for Day 219. Jawaan Taylor, OT — FloridaThe reason Taylor is still available is simple — there are medical concerns with his knee according to various reports. I’m not big on taking prospects with injury risks high in the draft, so I’d hope the Broncos would pass on him given that issue.21. Byron Murphy, CB — WashingtonIf the Broncos somehow ended up with Murphy in the second round I’d be absolutely elated. He is a tremendous fit for Vic Fangio’s defense and is one of the ‘stickiest’ corners in the draft. When you factor in the Chris Harris Jr. situation — it’s quite clear Denver needs to find themselves another cornerback.23. Drew Lock, QB — MissouriI’m not too surprised that Lock slid out of the first round. His mechanics are a mess (especially his footwork) which has a negative impact on his overall accuracy. However, his potential and talent may be too good for the Broncos to pass up if he is on the clock at #41 overall. Kevin Hogan and Garrett Grayson aren’t quality back-up material and they aren’t guys you want starting at any point ever.24. Greedy Williams, CB — LSUWilliams isn’t the best fit for the Broncos’ defense, but you he has traits you can’t teach and if he puts it all together and improves upon his tackling he could be a quality boundary corner in the National Football League. Those are two big ifs but in the second round the risk is worth the reward.26. Dalton Risner, OL — Kansas StateThe Broncos like Risner and if available he would be an obvious choice for the franchise considering they have significant needs long-term on the interior. His ability to play four spots (everything but left tackle) only adds to his value. Don’t be surprised if he is one of the prospects Denver selects on Day 2.28. Nasir Adderley, S — DelawareWill Parks and Justin Simmons are both free agents after the end of next season. While I envision one of them receiving a contract extension, I’m not sure both do. Adderley is a ball-hawking defensive back who forces a lot of turnovers. He would be a dark horse pick for sure but a great value selection nevertheless.29. D.K. Metcalf, WR — Ole MissThe Broncos drafted Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton in last year’s draft and added a dynamic tight end in Fant to their roster yesterday evening. Could you imagine the Broncos’ offense with Metcalf added into the mix? Good luck to opposing secondaries if that happens.30. Cody Ford, OT — OklahomaMike Munchak is one of the best in the business at coaching up offensive lineman and Ford has a tremendous amount of athleticism for a man his size. His best fit might be at offensive guard and the Broncos do have a need there.32. Rock Ya-Sin, CB — TempleThe aforementioned Murphy and Williams are still available, but Ya-Sin is a rock solid corner who can compete for snaps immediately. His physicality and strong tackling line up with the aggressive attitude of Fangio’s defense.The Remainder of Hart’s Top 10035. Irv Smith Jr., TE — Alabama39. A.J. Brown, WR — Ole Miss40. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S — Florida 41. Deebo Samuel, WR — South Carolina 43. Joejuan Williams, CB — Vanderbilt44. Jaylon Ferguson, EDGE — Louisiana Tech 45. Dre’Mont Jones Drew Lock Jersey 2019 , DT— Ohio State46. Hakeem Butler, WR — Iowa State47. Erik McCoy, C — Texas A&M 48. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR — Stanford49. Taylor Rapp, S — Washington50. Trysten Hill, DT — Central Florida51. Juan Thornhill, DB — Virginia Tech52. Riley Ridley, WR — Georgia53. Yodny Cajuste, OT — West Virgnia55. Justin Layne, CB — Michigan State56. Trayvon Mullen, CB — Clemson58. Greg Little, OT — Ole Miss59. Zach Allen, DE — Boston College60. Amani Hooker, S — Iowa 61. Chase Winovich, EDGE — Michigan62. Jahlani Tavai, LB — Hawaii63. Parris Campbell, WR — Ohio State 64. Kelvin Harmon, WR — NC State65. Jarrett Stidham, QB — Auburn66. Jachai Polite, EDGE — Florida67. Deionte Thompson, S — Alabama68. Amani Oruwariye, CB — Penn State69. Elgton Jenkins, C — Mississippi State70. Sean Bunting, CB — Central Michigan71. David Montgomery, RB Iowa State72. Terry McLaurin, WR — Ohio State73. Joe Jackson, DE — Miami74. Josh Oliver, TE — San Jose State75. Germaine Pratt, LB — NC State76. Anthony Nelson Drew Lock Jersey Black , DE — Iowa 77. Oshane Ximines, EDGE — Old Dominion78. Mack Wilson, LB - Alabama79. Khalen Saunders, DT — Western Illinois80. Isaiah Johnson, CB — Houston81. Andy Isabella, WR — Massachusetts82. Dawson Knox, TE — Ole Miss 83. Nate Davis, OG — Charlotte84. Darrell Henderson, RB — Memphis85. Bobby Okereke, LB — Stanford86. Blake Cashman, LB — Minnesota87. Miles Sanders, RB — Penn State88. Damien Harris, RB — Alabama89. Drew Samia, OG — Oklahoma90. Ryan Finley, QB — North Carolina State91. Miles Boykin, WR - Notre Dame92. D’Andre Walker, EDGE — Georgia93. Max Scharping, OT — Northern Illinois94. Connor McGovern, OG — Penn State95. Ben Banogu, EDGE — TCU96. Isaiah Buggs, DE — Alabama97. Jace Sternberger, TE — Texas A&M 98. Mecole Hardman, WR — Georgia 99. Will Grier, QB — West Virginia 100. Devin Singletary, RB — Florida Atlantic