Report: Kubiak's demands turned off Browns

January, 29, 2014
Jan 29
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When the Ravens hired former Texans coach Gary Kubiak as their offensive coordinator, they also hired two other members of the previous Texans' offensive staff.

Former Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison became the Ravens' quarterbacks coach and former Texans tight ends coach took the same position in Baltimore.

Today we learn, via NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, that Kubiak asked for the power to bring some of his own coaches in when he interviewed with the Browns to be their offensive coordinator. The Browns, per Rapoport, weren't interested in giving him the power to be "head coach of the offense," and moved on.

It was a power move by Kubiak, who had the leeway to do that. Still under contract with the Texans, Kubiak would have made the same salary even if he didn't get another job for the 2014 season. He had the freedom to be picky and find the right situation.

I'll be interested to see how Kubiak's offenses fare in Baltimore. Sometimes playcalling is impacted by the limitations of the players expected to execute those plays -- or at least the coach's impressions of his players' limitations. In Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, he'll have a much more experienced quarterback than the one with whom he finished his Texans tenure. It's also likely that Kubiak has more faith in Flacco's deep ball than he did in Schaub's deep ball.

Tania Ganguli

ESPN Houston Texans reporter

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