Gary Kubiak says he’s better for being a Ravens assistant for a year

AP

Maybe Gary Kubiak has gone from being Obi-Wan Kenobi to Yoda.

The new Broncos head coach admits that stepping back from top responsibilities for a year has helped him grow, and admits that the lessons he learned as an assistant in Baltimore will help him become a better head coach than he was with the Texans.

Koob has evolved as a coach, evolved a lot,” current Broncos and former Texans defensive lineman Antonio Smith said, via Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post. “We used to call him the master of the Jedi mind trick. But now he gives players more free reign. He trusts his players to take care of business, to run the locker room and to take care of stuff on the field, . . . He lets his players be men.”

Kubiak freely admits pilfering part of his new philosophy from the Ravens, and the Broncos would do well to copy that platform.

But as much as taking notes, Kubiak said watching Ravens coach John Harbaugh handle things also gave him a fresh perspective on what a boss should be.

“After being a head coach for so long in this league, I got to sit in the back of that room instead of being the guy up front in the meetings, and it gave me a chance to watch John Harbaugh handle situations,” Kubiak said. “You sit there and say to yourself, ‘You know I like that idea, and if I’m a head coach again, I’d probably do this the same way.’ I learned watching him each and every day.”

While Kubiak did a lot of good with the Texans during his time there, things unraveled late in his tenure. Perhaps by learning which things to let go, he’ll have a better chance to hanging onto this job.

18 responses to “Gary Kubiak says he’s better for being a Ravens assistant for a year

  1. Kubiak is a class act. He really helped out Flacco and the Ravens offense last year, especially the running game. Good luck this year, coach (except in week 1)!

  2. Baltimore has had some success, at least on the field, but letting the inmates run the asylum is seldom a good idea.

  3. You mean.. all those years with the 49ers and Broncos didn’t already do that for you?

    Kubiak is an “okay” coach, but he’s soft. Similar to the way that Dungy was given a lot of credit for taking the Bucs and Colts from bad teams to playoff teams.

    Dungy’s Bucs teams had strong defenses that carried them to the playoffs every year. A defense that was built by Sam Wyche (Brooks, Sapp, Nickerson, Lynch) Dungy was given credit for that defense but his offense was always pathetic and often lost him games in the playoffs.

    In Indianapolis, he was lucky enough to have Manning (we all saw what happened when Indy lost Manning for the year.) The Indianapolis defense only ranked in the top 10 twice during Dungy’s tenure.

    Kubiak was able to get the offense going (until Schaub completely lost it) but he couldn’t get it done on defense until they hired Wade Phillips, by then it was too late.

  4. Great Guy, Great OC, but unless time away taught him not to become too attached to mediocre talent, he is not a good HC.

  5. Like John Fox and John Elway before him, he must have thought he Struck Gold!, when assigned as the new HC in Denver, with Big Bro Manning at the helm. Hahaha! Peyton is actually better at making TV commercials at this stage of his career, than actually putting it-all out-on the table to garner another Super Bowl win. Fifty-Five (55) regular season TDs, peoplel; but only eight (8) points in the Super Bowl? “You cannot be serious!?” (John “Johnny Mac” McEnroe)

  6. Unless Denver goes 5-11 for 3-4 years in a row he will be there. He is the perfect fit in Denver. Should have been here the last 5 years. Fox sucks

  7. He’s absolutely right. People talk about the ravens negatively, but the reality is that they are one of the best run organizations in all of football. Steve Bisciotti is a self made mogul and he did it by growing several businesses from the ground up into industry leaders, THEN got into football.

    He took that mentality with them of how to build a culture of success and respect, and that’s why he brought John Harbaugh in to be his coach, because he agreed with that philosophy.

    John Harbaugh is not some x’s and o’s guru, and he doesn’t need to be. He needs to be a leader, and he is, and that can’t be disputed.

    Gary is very smart for picking up on this and good luck to him.

  8. Kubiack is a nice guy, but he is too loyal to bad players and coaches, and the game has pasted him by. Best of luck to him, but after Peyton gets hurt/retires, that organization is going to need to rebuild, and he is not the one to do it.

  9. Unless Denver goes 5-11 for 3-4 years in a row he will be there. He is the perfect fit in Denver. Should have been here the last 5 years. Fox sucks

    As a Texans fan I wish he would have been there the past 5 years. Bronco fans will get tired of 7-9 to 9-7 records, he just does not have what it takes to push a team over the top. Bill O’Brien took his 2-14 Texans team and got them to 9-7 with Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Mallet and Case Keenum at QB.

    He will not get the Broncos to the promised land, even with Peyton Manning.

  10. Yes, I’m sure the experience of coaching an average team to a 3rd place division finish was extremely valuable.

  11. futuresbmvpleveon says:
    Sep 11, 2015 1:06 PM
    Yes, I’m sure the experience of coaching an average team to a 3rd place division finish was extremely valuable.
    ——————————————
    Knocking the first place team out of the playoffs in their own house was valuable…

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