Monday, January 27, 2014
Ravens would make splash with Kubiak
By Jamison Hensley
The Baltimore Ravens were expected to name either former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan or Ravens wide receivers coach Jim Hostler as their offensive coordinator Monday. But the Ravens apparently have set their sights higher, and for good reason.
Gary Kubiak, the former head coach of the Houston Texans, has emerged as the Ravens' leading candidate, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. If the Ravens were looking to make a splash at offensive coordinator, this is the biggest one they could make right now for an offense that finished No. 29 in the NFL this past season.
Hiring Kubiak would be a bolder statement than Shanahan or Hostler because of his track record. In eight seasons with the Texans, the offense ranked in the top five three times and in the top half of the NFL seven times. Before that, in Kubiak's three seasons as the Denver Broncos' offensive coordinator, his unit never finished below No. 7.
Kubiak was reportedly on the Cleveland Browns' radar for their offensive coordinator position, but the interest wasn't mutual. It looks like Kubiak has been eyeing the Ravens.
The question with Kubiak is health. He suffered a transient ischemic attack, or "mini-stroke," on Nov. 3 while walking off the field at halftime of a loss against Indianapolis.
According to Schefter, Kubiak is the only coach on the Ravens' wish list. The Ravens are attempting to add Shanahan and former Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison to the staff as well. This would add three experienced NFL playcallers to a staff that previously had only one.
This isn't the direction many thought the Ravens were heading for the past week. Head coach John Harbaugh obviously had much bigger plans under wraps, and it would be an impressive makeover of the offensive staff if he can pull it off.