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Englewood, Colo. — John Elway and Gary Kubiak are back together drawing up blueprints for the Broncos to get back to the Super Bowl.

Elway hired Kubiak on Monday, signing his former backup QB and offensive coordinator to a four-year contract as head coach.

Kubiak replaces John Fox, who was ousted last week following Denver's loss to Indianapolis in the AFC divisional playoffs.

"Having coached on three Super Bowl teams and 11 playoff teams, Gary knows what it will take to deliver another world championship" to Denver, Elway said in a statement.

Fox was hired as the Bears' new coach on Friday.

In Kubiak, Elway brings back a man who went down the championship trails with him in the 1990s.

Kubiak's relationship with Elway includes nine seasons as his backup QB, from 1983-91, and four seasons as his offensive coordinator.

Altogether, Kubiak spent 11 seasons as Shanahan's top offensive assistant before leaving in 2006 to coach the Texans. He went 63-66 in eight seasons in Houston.

"Gary Kubiak has established a track record of leadership, success and high character during his 30 seasons in the NFL," Elway said in a statement.

The Ravens now are looking for an offensive coordinator for the fourth time in four seasons. Potential replacements include former Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase and former Bears coach Marc Trestman.

Extra points

The early-entry list for this year's NFL draft includes 74 players.

An additional 10 who became eligible for the draft after notifying the NFL they had graduated.

Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes and Michigan receiver Devin Funchess are among those leaving school early.

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has a sprained elbow, ESPN.com and NFL.com reported.

... Bears tight end Martellus Bennett and Browns safety Donte Whitner have been selected for the Pro Bowl.

They replace New England's Rob Gronkowski and Seattle's Earl Thomas.

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