Earlier today, the Baltimore Ravens introduced former Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak as their new offensive coordinator. Kubiak’s hiring fills the void left behind by Jim Caldwell, who about two weeks ago announced he would be taking the head coaching job in Detroit.
Kubiak spent eight seasons manning the Houston sidelines, for a stint that included consecutive trips to the playoffs in 2011 and 2012. Houston let Kubiak go following a Week 14 where Kubiak’s Texans sealed an 11-game losing streak at the hands of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Baltimore could be a huge blessing for Kubiak. He inherits an offense that is chock full of weapons. Joe Flacco is consistent and has shown up in big moments; Ray Rice is an every down back who can also catch out of the backfield; Torrey Smith has speed ,good hands and a lot of mileage left in the tank. There’s no reason to think Kubiak can’t succeed in these conditions, where he only has to worry about 11 players not 22.
Kubiak has had success at the OC spot before. He played the part in Denver from 1995-2005, helping the Broncos win two championships in 1997 and 1998. To be fair, Kubiak had John Elway and Terrell Davis at their peaks. But at the very least it showed that Kubiak can win when provided with a solid roster to work with.
Ravens fans should be excited for Kubiak’s potential. There’s nothing but evidence to support the notion Kubiak’s offensive acumen combined with this offensive arsenal could be a perfect fit.