Gary Kubiak favorite for Ravens' OC

Updated: January 27, 2014, 11:38 AM ET
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Former Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak has emerged as the favorite for the Baltimore Ravens' vacant offensive coordinator job, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Kubiak, who was fired by the Texans in December, wants to bring former Houston offensive coordinator Rick Dennison and former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan with him to Baltimore, sources told Schefter.

The Ravens are attempting to assemble their offensive coaching "dream team" with the recruitment of Kubiak, Dennison and Shanahan, according to sources.

Kubiak and Dennison both met with Ravens officials Sunday in Baltimore, sources said.

The Ravens are looking to replace former offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, who was hired as Detroit Lions coach earlier this month.

Baltimore struggled offensively this season, ranking 29th in the league in total offense and 25th in scoring.

The Ravens averaged a franchise-worst 3.1 yards per carry and Joe Flacco threw a career-high 22 interceptions one year removed from winning the Super Bowl.

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Troy Taormina/USA TODAY SportsAccording to sources, former Houston coach Gary Kubiak would bring with him to Baltimore as assistants recently fired offensive coordinators Rick Dennison (Texans) and Kyle Shanahan (Redskins).

Kubiak was fired Dec. 6 amid the worst losing streak in Texans franchise history. Houston concluded the season with 14 consecutive losses, including three under interim coach Wade Phillips.

The 52-year-old Kubiak went 61-64 in seven-plus seasons with the Texans, coaching Houston to playoff appearances in 2011 and 2012. He previously served as a longtime offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos, working under Mike Shanahan from 1995 to 2005.

Kyle Shanahan, who was fired with his father by the Redskins on Dec. 30, already had been established as a candidate for Baltimore's offensive coordinator.

Coach John Harbaugh named three other candidates -- Ravens receivers coach Jim Hostler, former Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and Pittsburgh Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson -- last week.

Baltimore brought back Shanahan and Wilson for second interviews. Wilson, who was eliminated from the running Saturday, will leave the Steelers to become the Minnesota Vikings' running backs coach, a source confirmed to ESPN.

ESPN.com Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley and Steelers reporter Scott Brown contributed to this report.

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