INDIANAPOLIS — Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak knows a thing or two about being a successful quarterback in the National Football League.
Kubiak was a standout collegiate quarterback himself at Texas A&M before being selected by Denver in the eighth round of the 1983 NFL draft. He spent all of his playing career with the Broncos from 1983-1991, He spent his entire career as a backup to Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway, seeing action in 119 games, before moving into the coaching ranks.
He began his NFL coaching career with the San Francisco 49ers in 1994, serving as the team's quarterbacks coach and working with another future Hall of Famer (Steve Young). Young was named as the league's Most Valuable Player and was the Super Bowl MVP that season.
Kubiak went back to Denver a year later and became the Broncos' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, positions that he would hold until 2005 when he became the head coach in Houston. During his second tour of duty in Denver, where he won two more Super Bowl titles, Elway was named as Super Bowl XXXIII MVP.
With that as a backdrop, the Texans coach was asked this past week for his impressions of Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck. Indianapolis and Houston will face off this afternoon at Reliant Stadium in an AFC South matchup that has plenty of playoff implications for both teams.
Both Luck and Kubiak grew up and played high school football in the Houston area. And Kubiak is an acquaintance of Luck's father, former Houston Oilers backup quarterback Oliver Luck.
The question posed to Kubiak was an obvious one: You've been around some great quarterbacks during your time in the NFL. What do you think of Luck and his future in the league?
“I tell you what, I thought he was as good of a player as I’ve ever seen come out going back to [former Colts quarterback] Peyton [Manning] when I studied Peyton. I said that a couple of times in the draft room [this past spring]," he said.