The Ravens announced Gary Kubiak as their new offensive coordinator Monday, and Rick Dennison as their new quarterbacks coach. It represents a new direction, as head coach John Harbaugh relies on Kubiak and Dennison to bring out the best in quarterback Joe Flacco and the Ravens’ offense. After finishing 29th in the NFL in total offense, the Ravens’ needed a makeover. But is Kubiak the right choice? Here are some potential pros and cons
Three reasons why Gary Kubiak could be a great fit for the Ravens.
1. Kubiak is an experienced NFL play caller.
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Kubiak handled the play calling duties during his eight seasons as the Texans’ head coach. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh does not call plays, so the Ravens coordinator must be someone who can make in-game adjustments and establish an offensive rhythm. As a former NFL quarterback and backup to John Elway with the Broncos, Kubiak knows how great quarterbacks think. That should be an asset for Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.
2. Harbaugh and Kubiak have similar offensive philosophies.
Both coaches believe in a strong running game. Under Kubiak, the Texans ran the ball with success, featuring Arian Foster running behind an effective zone-blocking offensive line. The Ravens will have a retooled offensive line next season, and Kubiak’s presence may help that unit mesh successfully. In the passing game, Kubiak likes to use play-action and
3. Kubiak’s head coaching experience strengthens the staff.
Kubiak knows what it’s like to be a head coach. He has handled all the decisions that come with the job, giving Harbaugh another sounding board for games, practices, and preparation.
Three reasons why Kubiak could be a bad fit with the Ravens.
1. He might not stay long.
At age 52, Kubiak is clearly young enough to get another crack as a head coach. If the Ravens have success next season, Kubiak may be headed elsewhere, leaving the Ravens looking – again.
2. The running game could still 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. 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.
3. Matt Schaub regressed as a quarterback last season under Kubiak.
That could be viewed as a bigger knock on Schaub than Kubiak. However, when the Texans thought they had a team good enough to reach a Super Bowl, Schaub turned into a liability. Flacco is a battle-tested quarterback who has already won a championship. But will the coaching of Kubiak and Dennison help Flacco reach another level, and will Flacco flourish in this offensive system? The Ravens hope the Kubiak-Flacco marriage has a better ending than the Kubiak-Schaub marriage.