Gary Kubiak hired as Ravens offensive coordinator

Gary Kubiak hired as Ravens offensive coordinator
January 27, 2014, 10:00 am
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(John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports)

UPDATE 27 January 2014,  3:36 p.m. ET

John Harbaugh has announced Gary Kubiak as the Ravens’ next offensive coordinator at a press conference held at 3 p.m. Monday. Former Texans assistant coach Rick Dennison will also join the Ravens as an assistant coach.

Kubiak spent eight seasons as the Texans head coach before being fired in December. He called the Texans’ offensive plays as their head coach, and before that, he was an offensive coordinator with the Broncos under former Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan.

The Ravens are looking to jumpstart an offense that ranked 29th in the NFL in 2013.

It was also a difficult season for the 52-year-old Kubiak, who suffered a mini-stroke in November during a game against the Colts. Though Kubiak returned to work, he could not pull the Texans out their tailspin, and he was fired after an 11-game losing streak.

However, Kubiak is well-respected as a play caller, and the Texans won the AFC South in both 2011 and 2012. Former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and current Ravens wide receivers coach Jim Hostler were also finalists for the Ravens’ offensive coordinator job.  However, the Ravens have settled on Kubiak.

ORIGINAL STORY

The Ravens are considering hiring former Texans head coach Gary Kubiak as their offensive coordinator, according to an ESPN report, later confirmed by CSN-Baltimore. If Kubiak gets the job, the Ravens may also add both Rick Dennison and former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to the staff as assistant coaches. 

Kubiak, Dennison, and Shanahan all worked together with the Texans. Dennison was Kubiak’s top assistant with the Texans, while Shanahan was the Texans’ offensive coordinator for two seasons (2008-09), before leaving to become the Redskins offensive coordinator for four seasons (2010-13).

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The Ravens believe that reuniting Kubiak, Dennison, and Shanahan to their staff gives them the best opportunity to jumpstart an offense that ranked 29th in the NFL in 2013. Kubiak spent eight seasons as the Texans head coach and play caller before being fired late last season. If hired by the Ravens, Kubiak would be the play caller, Dennison would be an assistant coach, and Shanahan would likely be the quarterbacks coach.

Both Shanahan and Ravens wide receivers coach Jim Hostler remain finalists for the offensive coordinator job, but the ESPN report labeled Kubiak as the favorite. Harbaugh has never shied away from hiring strong-minded assistants. He added former Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo to the staff last season. In Kubiak, the Ravens would be adding another former NFL head coach, who also has vast experience as a play caller. Before joining the Texans, Kubiak was an offensive coordinator with the Broncos under former Redskins head coach, Mike Shanahan.