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.