Gary Kubiak is reportedly considering resignation from his position as head coach of the Denver Broncos, and John Elway might have something to do with that.

Rumors emerged on Saturday that Kubiak could be stepping down in Denver, and the coach did nothing to quell them when asked about 2017 (more on that here). Now we have more information on this development which indicates Elway could be asking for chances Kubiak isn’t willing to make.

This dynamic is quite interesting. The Broncos axed John Fox after the 2014 seasonĀ and brought in Kubiak, who had the benefit of coaching a Peyton Manning-led team last year. Riding Manning’s legendary ability to inspire teammates to perform at their peak level and a defense that was indomitable, the Broncos won the Super Bowl in Kubiak’s first year.

Then Manning retired, and the team drafted a rookie quarterback who wasn’t ready to play right away. In the process, Elway lost Brock Osweiler (a move he’s now happy about) and the team was forced to go with Trevor Siemian, who was a seventh-round pick out of Northwestern in 2015. It wasn’t a recipe for success. Making matters worse, the Broncos also lost key defensive free agents and haven’t been nearly as dominant on that side of the ball in the second half of the season.

Add in Kubiak’s recent health scare, combined with added stress surrounding his coaching staff, and it’s not hard to see why he’s considering stepping away.

When Elway built his roster around Manning, it was understood that things might fall apart over the long haul. That has come to fruition, and now it’s time to rebuild. Perhaps the best possible outcome for Denver would be that a young head coach with fresh ideas could be a part of that process.