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Kubiak hiring may be a signal Bisciotti’s more involved

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It appears that Gary Kubiak is not just the “favorite” for the Ravens offensive coordinator job, but also a harbinger of change for the team.

According to Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun, Kubiak is lining up his offensive staff before the takes the job, which means any existing offensive coaches could be in trouble.

That would explain talking to the Rick Dennisons and Kyle Shanahans of the world, who have background with Kubiak.

But the more intriguing note from Preston is that the move was driven by owner Steve Bisciotti and General Manager Ozzie Newsome, and that head coach John Harbaugh was a “non-factor” in the move.

Bisciotti’s the owner, so he gets to do what he wants. And he’s been willing to insert himself into team business at a personal level before.

But that would signal something well less than a mandate for head coach John Harbaugh, who you would think was rather secure since he won a Super Bowl a year ago.

Bisciotti previously declared to Preston he was patient, “but I don’t have to be patient enough to let people repeat failure.”

“I’ll be more apt to get my way next year if their solutions don’t change the problems. That’s fair, that’s where I am as owner,” he said. “They know they’ve failed, they know they need to change, and to make improvements. If it’s not the way I think it should be and then it fails again, then obviously it comes down to owner-head coach relationship.”

That seems harsh for a team which missed the playoffs for the first time in six years. But it also points to some degree of tension between the guy who made sure the $100 million quarterback was on board, and the guy who’s responsible for coaching him.

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34 Responses to “Kubiak hiring may be a signal Bisciotti’s more involved”
  1. kris21054 says: Jan 27, 2014 11:17 AM

    All this stated by Mike Preston. Us in Baltimore know he is not always the most reliable source.

  2. psuorioles says: Jan 27, 2014 11:20 AM

    I love Bisciotti and wish he would just buy the Orioles… he runs a tight ship and demands results.

  3. johnny1979 says: Jan 27, 2014 11:22 AM

    I personally can’t stand the Ravens, but what’s being reported is crazy. Harbaugh just won a Super Bowl, has been to the playoffs every single year, and now the Owner/GM are excluding him from staff decisions? Someone might be over reacting a bit here. Can’t stand John Harbaugh (or his brother), but they can coch. The owner seems like real piece of work….

  4. sbchampsagain says: Jan 27, 2014 11:22 AM

    Mike Preston, that is.

  5. jakec4 says: Jan 27, 2014 11:23 AM

    Preston is usually there to inject any kind of controversy, but in this case he might have hit the nail on the head. I would totally believe that Bisciotti was not sold on Harbaugh’s candidates. I’d also speculate that Harbaugh would feel threatened by Kubiak. Not going so far as to say Kubiak would take Harbaugh’s job, but if the offense turns around under Kubiak he will be the one getting the credit.

    If one of these lesser candidates got the job and turned the Ravens offense around, it would be more about Harbaugh’s great hire. Bisciotti said he wouldn’t get involved, but he also put Harbaugh on notice. If he had to go back on his word because egos were getting in the way he can do that as the owner. Bisciotti just wants to win.

    Or maybe Bisciotti just wants Kubiak because he looks like he could be his younger brother.

  6. niz10rav55 says: Jan 27, 2014 11:39 AM

    johnny1979 says:
    Jan 27, 2014 11:22 AM
    I personally can’t stand the Ravens, but what’s being reported is crazy. Harbaugh just won a Super Bowl, has been to the playoffs every single year, and now the Owner/GM are excluding him from staff decisions? Someone might be over reacting a bit here. Can’t stand John Harbaugh (or his brother), but they can coch. The owner seems like real piece of work….

    ——————————————-

    If being extremely smart, rich and successful in many forms of business makes him a piece of work then ok…

    Sounds to me like hes a friggin OG!

  7. rafibomb10 says: Jan 27, 2014 11:40 AM

    Steve Bisciotti is possibly one of the best owners in professional sports. He demands the best and yet he allows the people he hires to do their job.

    For Mike Preston to say that John Harbaugh was a “non-factor” is ridiculous. Kris21054 was 100% right.

    The difference between a columnist and a reporter are, a columnist gets to insert his opinion. I get all my Ravens news from Aaron Wilson and the reporting staff of the Ravens. Not Mike Preston who is paid to give his opinion, not facts.

  8. timmons94 says: Jan 27, 2014 11:42 AM

    Harbaugh is an excellent coach. Down year after winning it all.. It happens ! They will bounce back

  9. brutus9448 says: Jan 27, 2014 11:45 AM

    I’m sure picking the OC is in harbaughs contract.

  10. rajbais says: Jan 27, 2014 11:47 AM

    Kubiak will help the Ravens, but I feel bad for him.

    He never got hired as a head coach when he had a good run at being one.

  11. canedaddy says: Jan 27, 2014 11:56 AM

    If it takes Ozzie or Bisciotti’s intervention to get us to hire Kubiak rather than setting for Hostler/Shanahan, I’m all for it. Harbaugh is a good coach but he seems to be loyal to a fault, keeping guys around longer than he should and hiring old pals.

    And Preston is a certified bozo.

  12. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 27, 2014 12:03 PM

    Dallas Cowboys 2.0

  13. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 27, 2014 12:06 PM

    Once Steve saw how Harbs let the only qualified candidate they had walk out the door to MN, he had to step in.

  14. jakec4 says: Jan 27, 2014 12:15 PM

    crownofthehelmet says: Jan 27, 2014 12:06 PM

    Once Steve saw how Harbs let the only qualified candidate they had walk out the door to MN, he had to step in.

    ————————————————————

    Once Steve saw Harbaugh hire outsider Greg ’3 man rush’ Mattison to be DC he didn’t want another repeat on the other side of the ball. Harbaugh gets to keep Castillo, but he can’t screw up another big one.

  15. olcap says: Jan 27, 2014 12:16 PM

    But that would signal something well less than a mandate for head coach John Harbaugh, who you would think was rather secure since he won a Super Bowl a year ago.

    Funny how that works. Take the Stealers for example. Their HC “won” a SB 5 years ago, yet he is still being hailed for that lone accomplishment as a reason why he should be retained.

    Yep, funny how that works.

  16. craigkintexas says: Jan 27, 2014 12:19 PM

    Harbaugh and Kubiak are grown men. If they were immature this deal would never work. Harbaugh would constantly be looking over his shoulder and Kubiak would be knifing Harbaugh in the back every chance he could.

  17. Joemontanaflacco says: Jan 27, 2014 12:21 PM

    The Superbowl Champion Ravens are assembling an impressive coaching lineup while the Steelers are still arguing over what kind of pizza to order this Sunday. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  18. killerstiller says: Jan 27, 2014 12:28 PM

    Fire Harbaugh and I will personally drive him to Heinz field for a job interview! Every coach has his faults. He can run circles around Tomlin! I have wished he was our coach since his first year.

  19. stew48 says: Jan 27, 2014 12:28 PM

    My guess, and it is just that, is the fortune spent on the qb and the 2013 results has disturbed the owner more than a little.

  20. Deb says: Jan 27, 2014 12:37 PM

    After years of reading PFT comments by Ravens fans, I know to take Mike Preston with a grain of salt. The Ravens went through significant personnel changes last off-season, which certainly contributed to their missing the playoffs for the first time in six years. I’d hate to think Bisciotti would overreact to that situation by hiring an offensive coordinator without the input of his successful, Super Bowl-winning head coach. Frankly, I doubt that happened.

  21. joeflaccoallday says: Jan 27, 2014 12:38 PM

    I’m really excited to see what Kubiak can do. I with everybody else’s opinion on Mike Preston, he only concurs shams and “what ifs” while I retain all my news from Aaron Wilson. If I remember correctly John Harbaugh actually said that he is a great fan of Kubiak and always admired his work from a distance. He said that in the post-game interview after we beat the Texans this year. Do I think Biscotti actually has some type of input on the decision? Maybe, I would think all NFL owners has some type of input since their the ones who are playing them. This report is very uninspiring and stupid on Mike Preston part, just to stir something up since there isn’t anything to talk about with the Ravens. But I like that Kubiak is bringing in some of his own assistants and it really mixes well with the Ravens’ philosophys and schemes. We had a top 10 defense for most of the season till we drop to 12th and we really overachieved because the offense could never score. As a Ravens fan, I really cannot wait for this new-look offense for Joe Flacco and Ray Rice to have bounce back years.

  22. southpaw2k says: Jan 27, 2014 12:50 PM

    Well yeah, it’s not that difficult to connect the dots on what’s going on here. Kubiak probably does want to be a head coach again later, so Bisciotti is putting a back up plan in place for whenever that day comes. Kubiak will bring Shanahan and Dennison along with him to Baltimore, so whenever Kubiak gets another chance to be a head coach, Shanahan can easily take over at OC.

    Bisciotti isn’t undermining Harbaugh’s authority here at all. He’s keeping Plan B in his back pocket for however long Plan A lasts.

  23. opneon says: Jan 27, 2014 12:52 PM

    It all sounds great to me…
    Quit trying to read all kinds of crap into it and appreciate having a great owner, coach and Ozzie!!!
    This line up would be remarkable with great potential. Harbs will handle it well as a great administrator and he will allow Kubiak to do his thing (which is better than letting Cam and Caldwell do theirs). So, all is well with the birds!

  24. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 27, 2014 12:53 PM

    If he does get it, this will be the best gig of the league. How can he not improve a sub-3.0 run game, and a passing attack that barely scratches a 50% completion rate. Dude’s in sure-fire hero position.

  25. xinellum says: Jan 27, 2014 1:00 PM

    I don’t know the author, but he clearly doesn’t know Mike Preston, his reporting or Baltimore to quote him in an article as being someone who actually knows something. Preston sits in an office and makes stuff up, much like most antagonists, and then writes it up as if he has some inside information. He is another Sports reporting wannabe and the facts won’t get in the way of making a big name for one person, Mike Preston. Preston is an idiot and anybody writing an article based on his opinion is in the same category. He is not a reporter and the Baltimore Sun does not hire him to report on anything, he is a columnist who just gives his opinion, pretending he actually knows something. Saying Preaton has inside info is like saying that professional wrestling is really a sport or that professional boxing isn’t rigged.

  26. ravenswhat says: Jan 27, 2014 1:06 PM

    Nothing to see here if this is coming from Preston.

  27. Deb says: Jan 27, 2014 1:19 PM

    I trust Ravens’ fans when they tell me to take Mike Preston with a grain of salt–especially on something like this. The Ravens lost a number of key players during the off-season, which certainly contributed to them missing the playoffs for the first time in six years. I seriously doubt Bisciotti overreacted to that situation by cutting his successful Super Bowl-winning coach out of the hiring process for the new offensive coordinator.

  28. ravensterps says: Jan 27, 2014 1:25 PM

    I’m so excited if this is true. Harbaugh may be a good coach but he is AWFUL at hiring assistants. They’re all his old friends that he refuses to hold accountable. He broke the chain of in-house defensive coordinator hires to go with a terrible old college coach. Our defense hasn’t been the same ever since.

  29. iamedreed says: Jan 27, 2014 1:36 PM

    Biscotti is a straight up BOSS!!!! Steve started a company in his basement with 3 friends turned it into a 5+ Billion dollar company, is now the richest man in maryland, and bought his hometown football franchise and then proceeded to drop huge amounts of cash to improve its facilities and eventually bring a lombardi back to his city

    he also spends every home game in the owners box with 5 close guy friends where they sit around get drunk and smoke cigars all game long

    ive heard he also has several bentleys in the same model/color that he cycles through so they don’t smell like cigar smoke

    BOSS

  30. daytonaken says: Jan 27, 2014 1:42 PM

    Mike Preston has no honor or credibility.

  31. bunkmcnulty says: Jan 27, 2014 2:49 PM

    First, let me say John Harbaugh is not stupid. He retains Castillo under intense scrutiny from fans (and no doubt at least some in the organization). Why wouldn’t you go to an OC that runs (and did so VERY successfully) the zone run blocking scheme? Kubiak is that. The OL needs an upgrade at C, and potentially a RT (if Ohr goes). That and a WR or a slot TE and Kubiak should whip the O into shape. I think this is a positive move and an upgrade. For me, it was hard to judge Caldwell. He had success at Indy, but he had Peyton. Hard to think anyone would struggle with PM.

    As for Bisciotti, relax. This guy takes his clues from Ozzie. End of story. I’m sure Bisciotti has high demands for success. 8-8 isn’t it. I read that Callahan won’t take a position now. I get that. He was an OC and wants to stay one. My guess is Dennison becomes a QB coach.

    As for Preston, well, he is what he is. Sometimes he has good vision and intell. Sometimes, nit so much. He’s a whipping boy, but I don’t mind him. I just know he’s not as smart as he will tell you he is! Otherwise he would coach.

  32. ravensfan8780 says: Jan 27, 2014 3:20 PM

    I believe it, mainly because I don’t think Harbs fired Cam Cameron I think that came from above. I think Harbaugh has a loyalty to friends which hamper the team at times. So with a team that is good enough to win the division and maybe compete for the Super Bowl Newsome and Bisciotti knew they had to get this OC hire right.

  33. flavadave10 says: Jan 27, 2014 4:00 PM

    It’s 2014, remind me why we’re still considering Mike Preston a legitimate source? He’s about as reliable of a source as the delusional homeless man who hangs around my street.

  34. raveniel says: Jan 27, 2014 8:48 PM

    Kubiak & Harbaugh!!! hmm u need a serious WR on that with a 6 foot 5 inches tall, long arms, big hands, legs like cheetah, eyes of an eagle and a football IQ of 130..lol

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