The off-season is a time of rebuilding, and several teams around the league have already begun to hire new head coaches, along with coaches for the other positions.
Gary Kubiak is the latest to be added to the list of new additions after leaving the Houston Texans before the end of the 2013 season. He was fired during a very disappointing season, and one that had predicted big things for the team at the beginning.
Kubiak was let go at the point when the Texans were 2-11, and by the end of the season, they continued to decline and had a final record of 2-14.
Since he left as the head coach, Bill O’Brien has been hired as his replacement, and will look to turn things around with the No.1 pick in the draft.
Despite their awful season in 2013, in the time that he was the coach, Gary Kubiak compiled a 61-64 record as a head coach and took the Texans to the playoffs twice, losing in the divisional round both times, including to the Ravens in 2011.
He was able to lead the Texans to have a solid offensive game behind Andre Johnson, one the league’s top receivers, and as the Ravens have struggled on the offensive end, having Kubiak on the sideline should help in that area.
Speaking about the opportunity to work with coach John Harbaugh, and how things worked out, he said “I told John when he first called me: ‘I want to have a chance to enjoy coaching, teaching and have a chance to win.’ I know you would offer all of those opportunities if things worked out.”
The Ravens have also added Rick Dennison as their quarterbacks coach, who was previously the offensive coordinator under Gary Kubiak.
Gary Kurbiak will be working with an offense that finished 29th in the NFL in yards per game and 25th in scoring. Joe Flacco also set a franchise record with 22 interceptions on the season.
The Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl last year, and while they lost a handful of their star players from that season, they still have what it takes to make the playoffs again, and almost did this year.
After the addition of Gary Kubiak, John Harbaugh said that they have a chance to build the best offensive staff in the NFL. They will need it in order to improve to the offensive production that they had last year, and become a contender in the AFC again.
Happy that the @Ravens decided to hire Gary Kubiak for OC…my 1st choice all along!
— Masar Sakr (@MasarSakr) January 27, 2014
Gary Kubiak hire in Baltimore should mean good things for Ray Rice, Dennis Pitta. Assuming Pitta is back, of course.
— Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) January 27, 2014
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