The Ravens didn’t change head coaches this offseason, so they aren’t allowed to start their offseason workouts on Monday along with the teams that have made coaching changes.
Baltimore did change offensive coordinators, however, and installing Gary Kubiak’s offense will be a top priority when the team is permitted to start working in a couple of weeks. One thing that they expect to help them as they put the new scheme into place is the presence of several players who have played for Kubiak in Houston.
Tight end Owen Daniels, running back Justin Forsett and wide receiver Jacoby Jones all played for the Texans in the past and both Kubiak and coach John Harbaugh both say that they’re looking to those players as pseudo-coaches on the field to help their teammates with the transition.
“What guys like Owen and Justin bring to the table as far as knowing the offense and being able to bring their insight into that with our players – that is going to be big for us,” Harbaugh said, via the team’s website. “They’re here to play, but those other things, that is a big part of it, too.”
Quarterback Joe Flacco said over the weekend that the new offensive additions, which also include wide receiver Steve Smith and center Jeremy Zuttah, give the team the ability to do new things on offense in the 2014 season. Kubiak’s job of putting those new things into place should be made easier thanks to the familiar faces he has on the roster.