5 Reasons Why Gary Kubiak Is A Better Coach Than Ron Rivera

By Timothy Downs

As we begin to analyze this Carolina Panthers vs. Denver Broncos matchup in Super Bowl 50, the question of which coach is better has come to the forefront. Gary Kubiak and Ron Rivera both played in the NFL, and have a ton of experience in the game. However, it’s clear that Kubiak is the better coach. Here are five reasons why it’s the case.

5 Reasons Why Gary Kubiak Is A Better Coach Than Ron Rivera
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5. Has Overcome Tremendous Adversity This Season, In Career As A Whole

Has Overcome Tremendous Adversity This Season, In Career As A Whole Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Kubiak walked into an excellent, but tricky situation when he took this job in Denver. Kubiak insisted on implementing his own offensive system despite Peyton Manning wanting to continue to essentially be a player coach and run his own plays. Manning struggled early on, missed six weeks, yet the Broncos managed to make a Super Bowl appearance. Kubiak's roller coaster ride as head coach of the Houston Texans -- who he was never able to get over the hump -- has undoubtedly helped him grow.

5. Has Overcome Tremendous Adversity This Season, In Career As A Whole

Kubiak walked into an excellent, but tricky situation when he took this job in Denver. Kubiak insisted on implementing his own offensive system despite Peyton Manning wanting to continue to essentially be a player coach and run his own plays. Manning struggled early on, missed six weeks, yet the Broncos managed to make a Super Bowl appearance. Kubiak's roller coaster ride as head coach of the Houston Texans -- who he was never able to get over the hump -- has undoubtedly helped him grow.

4. System Is Incredibly Balanced

System Is Incredibly Balanced Credit: Getty Images
From the moment Kubiak accepted the Broncos offer, he made it incredibly clear that he would do anything and everything he could in order to maintain more balance on offense than the Broncos had in recent years. Despite his intentions, Denver's running backs struggled mightily in the first half of the season, but Kubiak never wavered, and finally got the most out of C.J. Anderson over the past month or so.

4. System Is Incredibly Balanced

From the moment Kubiak accepted the Broncos offer, he made it incredibly clear that he would do anything and everything he could in order to maintain more balance on offense than the Broncos had in recent years. Despite his intentions, Denver's running backs struggled mightily in the first half of the season, but Kubiak never wavered, and finally got the most out of C.J. Anderson over the past month or so.

3. Relationship With John Elway

Relationship With John Elway Credit: Getty Images
Kubiak and Elway go way back. Kubiak was Elway's backup as a player for many years in Denver, and was also his offensive coordinator when Elway won his two Super Bowls. The two have had an unbelievable amount of success when working together, and it continues to this day.

3. Relationship With John Elway

Kubiak and Elway go way back. Kubiak was Elway's backup as a player for many years in Denver, and was also his offensive coordinator when Elway won his two Super Bowls. The two have had an unbelievable amount of success when working together, and it continues to this day.

2. More Experience As A Head Coach

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This is Kubiak's ninth season as an NFL head coach, meanwhile Rivera is in just his fifth. Kubiak essentially has twice the amount of experience than Rivera does, and it's a bigger deal than many NFL aficionados are currently willing to acknowledge.

2. More Experience As A Head Coach

This is Kubiak's ninth season as an NFL head coach, meanwhile Rivera is in just his fifth. Kubiak essentially has twice the amount of experience than Rivera does, and it's a bigger deal than many NFL aficionados are currently willing to acknowledge.

1. He Was A Quarterback

He Was A Quarterback Credit: Twitter
Modern-day NFL is all about offense, and particularly aerial offense. While I understand Ron Rivera played in the NFL as well and Kubiak was just a backup, Kubiak sees the game through the lens of the most important position on the field. You can have a Hall of Fame football mind without having a Hall of Fame arm. This is the case with Kubiak.

1. He Was A Quarterback

Modern-day NFL is all about offense, and particularly aerial offense. While I understand Ron Rivera played in the NFL as well and Kubiak was just a backup, Kubiak sees the game through the lens of the most important position on the field. You can have a Hall of Fame football mind without having a Hall of Fame arm. This is the case with Kubiak.

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