The Baltimore Ravens announced on Monday that Gary Kubiak will be the team’s new offensive coordinator. The position was left vacant at the end of the 2013 regular season after former offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell took the head coach position for the Detroit Lions.
Kubiak spent 11 seasons as the offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos before becoming the head coach of the Houston Texans in 2006.
After searching for over two weeks, considering over 30 different NCAA and NFL coaches, and interviewing almost 15 of those candidates, John Harbaugh decided on the veteran coach.
“We left no stone unturned in this search,” Harbaugh told reporters on Monday. “We are excited about the result and cannot wait to get to work.”
Kyle Shanahan, former offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins, and Jim Hostler, current wide receivers coach for the Ravens, were among the top candidates going into the weekend.
“After studying many different candidates, we believe our research and our evaluation process have been as thorough as we could make them,” Harbaugh said.
Kubiak is capable of bringing strength to the Ravens’ offense. During his tenure in Denver, he coached the offense to the most total yards in the NFL with 66,501 as well as the most touchdowns with 465.
He is dynamic in his play-calling and will use the versatility of the Ravens’ offense to his advantage.
Kubiak is bringing along Rick Dennison as the quarterbacks coach. He has worked as offensive coordinator under Kubiak in Houston since 2010. Dennison will work with quarterback Joe Flacco to bring up his numbers next season after finishing the 2013 regular season with 22 interceptions and only 19 touchdown passes.
The addition of Kubiak and Dennison to the Ravens is positive for the offense and could be the key component to getting the team back to championship caliber. Kubiak is excited for that opportunity.
“It gives me a chance to be a part of a champion organization,” Kubiak said.