Ravens hire Gary Kubiak as offensive coordinator

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It didn’t take long for former Texans head coach Gary Kubiak to return to the NFL.

The Ravens announced the hiring of Kubiak as offensive coordinator on Monday.

Kubiak, 52, was 61-64 in close to eight seasons as the Texans’ head coach (2006-2013). He was fired on December 6 after Houston lost its 11th game in a row. The Texans won the AFC South in 2011 and 2012 before sliding to a 2-14 record this season.

Before joining Houston, Kubiak was the Broncos’ offensive coordinator from 1995 through 2005.

“We are excited about the result and cannot wait to get to work,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said, according to the club. “After studying many different candidates, we believe our research and our evaluation process have been as thorough as we could make them.”

The Ravens also announced the addition of former Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison as quarterbacks coach.

Kubiak replaces Jim Caldwell, who became the Lions’ head coach earlier in January.

32 responses to “Ravens hire Gary Kubiak as offensive coordinator

  1. Texans did him a favor firing him mid season. The man was suffering serious health problems and looks like he’s had a chance to rest. Good to see Kubiak land on his feet, he’s a better coach than his apprentice Mike Shannahan ever was.

  2. According to Adam Schefter, Kubiak had planned on taking 2014 off unless the Ravens had called him to inquire about his interest in running their offense. They did call him, and things moved pretty quickly from there.

    I can’t wait to see what the likes of Marquise Lee or (preferably) Mike Evans could do in a Gary Kubiak offense.

  3. Harbaugh’s all in on Castillo could be saved by this hire. Kubiak successfully ran (very successfully) the Zone Run Blocking scheme Castillo implemented. The OL has some personnel issues (Resign Monroe, new C needed, and RT (Ohr or someone else). To me this is an upgrade over Caldwell. But like anything else talk is cheap. Let’s see results.

  4. This hire should make the rest of the division very happy. No offense, but opposing teams saw the play coming from the Texans before the ball was snapped last season. Very predictable. Couple that with the face that he is dealing with another QB on par with Shaub in Flacco and this could go down hill pretty fast.

  5. 2013 Matt Schaub Statistics (8 starts):

    10 td – 14 int – 2 fumbles

    2310 yards

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    2013 joe flacco Statistics (16 starts):

    19 td – 22 int – 8 fumbles

    3912 yards

  6. Hopefully Kubiak can see Flacco get back on the Pedestal of Mediocrity he once occupied, when Joe resolutely put himself on the team’s back and rode them to several playoff appearances, imploring his teammates with the famous words, “I will go with you! I will go with you!”.

  7. interesting comments. up until this year, the texans were usually near the top in offense. and as far as schauv vs flacco, schaub has had some good years but hes never had the big game success of flacco.

  8. Glad to see Gary land on his feet.

    However, Baltimore fans should temper their excitement. Gary has a habit of being very predictable (3rd and 10+, look for the draw, every time). Expect a couple of tight ends in this years draft.

    You’ll rack up the yards between the 20’s, but Texans red zone offense always stunk. If you can’t get the ball to Andre Johnson in the red zone……..

  9. Cam called them to 4 years of playoffs get fired before the 5th year. Caldwell took over and raven nation rejoiced, until they seen how average Flacco really was and blamed everything on Caldwell. Now all thus praise for Kubiak, Flacco is still behind center and is still average. Should be another long season.

  10. I don’t get it. This guy called the plays in Houston where they had much more talent at running back and wide receiver than the Ravens have and where the O-line was better. And yet, in all the years he was there, the only playoff victories they had were against the hapless Bengals. As far as I am concerned, they might as well have brought Matt Cavanaugh back. The only success that Kubiak had in his career was with Denver when they had Elway, Terrell Davis, Ed McCaffery, Shannon Sharpe and Rod Smith. The Ravens don’t have a roster like that; not even close. At Houston he had Arian Foster, Andre Johnson and Deangelo Hopkins and didn’t do squat. Blame it all on Matt Schaub? Well Kubiak was one of the idiots who gave him that big contract. This could be Harbaugh’s undoing.

  11. Love it when steeler fans protest. They are the only ones that seem to think this I’d a bad move- and of course it is…for their old defense!
    soonto be XLIX champs!

  12. 1). Kubiak wasn’t the OC in Houston. He was the HC.

    2). Kubiak’s pedigree as an OC includes running offenses in which average running backs piled up 1,000+ yard seasons. We have far better than average RBs…how soon people forget after one injury hobbled year.

    3). Schaub ain’t Flacco. I understand that Flacco ain’t Brees, Rogers, Brady or Manning…you need to understand Flacco > Schaub. If you can’t see that, your bias is blinding you.

    With Flacco, Rice/Pierce, Smith, Pitta, Yanda & Osemele…there are plenty of players for Kubiak to build around & succeed.

  13. Funny reading the steeler fans whistling past the graveyard. Kubrick was the best available OC as there was no way the clowns would let Norv go to bmore. Kubiak had Matt freaking Schaub in the probowl. This beats shabby jr or hostler. As for the steeler fans have fun with Haley and a ratlisberger in the November of his career

  14. Lets be honest here- regardless of who the Ravens hired for OC the same group of trolls would’ve had the same thing to say, just switch the name. But a few notes:

    -no the Texans did not have a worse O Line than the Ravens in the past years. BigMac at LT (until 2013) and Oher at RT. Ill leave it at that.
    -Schaub couldn’t hold Flacco’s jock strap. And the fact that Kubiak made him into a pro bowl caliber QB speaks volumes.
    -this alleged “terrible team” was 8-8. Their worst record since 2006. And that was with a bad offense that featured NO TE, starting an undrafted rookie WR and an injured Rice. Kubiak can only improve that.
    -rustbelt clearly has a man crush on Flacco. Loves flashing that same stat line.

    Think that about covers it. Cheers!

  15. steeler fans commenting on another team’s offensive coordinator? tell us all how much you love haley. remind us again what your record was last year.

  16. Just wanted to see how many ppl said this was a good hire same ppl said he was awful last year..LOL

  17. i thought Caldwell was the key to success? didn’t you fire cam and say Caldwell was great for flacco? and then flacco goes in the tank again this year after fluking a super bowl? wow this is my shocked face :0…… that’s what happens when jumpball joes long, high deep hail marys start getting picked off. hes useless. what a waste of money.

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