A year ago, the Baltimore Ravens were preparing for the Super Bowl. Now, they're restructuring a majority of their coaching staff.
The hirings of offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak and quarterbacks coach Rick Dennison are just the start of the new additions. Here is how The Baltimore Sun sees the the new offensive staff shaping up:
Tight ends coach: Sources told The Sun that Brian Pariani, who coached with the Texans, has replaced Wade Harman, who finished his 15th season with the Ravens.
Wide receivers coach: Jim Hostler, who was the only in-house candidate for the coordinator job, may not return. Former Texans wide receivers coach Larry Kirksey could be a candidate if there is an opening.
Running backs coach: Chick Harris, the longest tenured Texans coach, and Bobby Turner, who has coached with the Redskins and Broncos, are possibilities. The Ravens parted ways with Wilbert Montgomery on Jan. 3.
Here's the rest of your wake-up caw ...
Offensive line coach Juan Castillo is the only offensive coach guaranteed to return. One reason why is the Ravens are on the hook to pay him between $1.1 million and $1.3 million in 2014, according to The Baltimore Sun.
Fullback Vonta Leach, who played under Kubiak with the Houston Texans, endorsed the Ravens' new offensive coordinator. “I think it’s the perfect fit,” Leach told the team's official website. “I think it’s a home run. I’m happy that Coach Kubiak got another job and it’s with the Ravens. He’s known around the league as one of the gurus when it comes to offense.” Unfortunately for Leach, he may not be around to see Kubiak calling plays. Leach is expected to be a salary-cap cut this offseason.
Clifton Brown, of Comcast SportsNet, went over the pros and cons of Kubiak as an offensive coordinator. One potential downfall is the running game will continue to struggle if Ray Rice is no longer a top back. "In Houston, Kubiak had one of the league’s best backs in Arian Foster, and a quality backup in Ben Tate," Brown wrote. "Rice is coming of a disappointing injured-plagued season, as is No. 2 back Bernard Pierce. Rice has vowed to have a bounce-back season. But if that doesn’t happen, Kubiak may long for the running backs in had in Houston."