Indianapolis, IN- For most around the Indianapolis Colts headquarters, they think this season ended prematurely. Not many people bought in throughout the year, but from the front office to the coaching staff down to the players, everyone fully believed they’d be playing in the Super Bowl in just over two weeks.
Instead, the Colts dropped the AFC Divisional Game in Foxboro to the New England Patriots last Saturday night and now must build this offseason to make a run at the next Super Bowl.
One of the moves I’d make if I was in the front office is to hire Gary Kubiak to some sort of offensive consulting job.
Kubiak was fired by the Houston Texans when the season ended as they were a disappointing 2-14 in 2013. With all the coaching vacancies being taken, there’s only one head coaching job left that Kubiak was even mentioned in. If he doesn’t land with the Cleveland Browns the only other spot he could land next season is an offensive coordinator with the Miami Dolphins. If he doesn’t land there either then he’s free to coach anywhere.
That’s why Indianapolis must make a play for him.
Yes, the Colts have an offensive coordinator in Pep Hamilton, and no, I’m not suggesting Indianapolis fire Hamilton and move on after one year. All I’m suggesting is bring Kubiak in to help Hamilton and this offense in a unique role.
Why you may ask?
Because everyone and their mother compares Andrew Luck to John Elway. Well who was Elway’s offensive coordinator in Denver that finally got one of the greatest quarterbacks over the hump and win the big game?
Who helped Steve Young win a Super Bowl in 1994?
It’s no secret Kubiak is one of the greatest offensive minds around. Indianapolis wants to develop a balanced offense and not lean on Luck to do everything. That’s what Kubiak did in Denver.
During his tenure there, Kubiak led Denver to 66,501 yards and 465 touchdowns. That was the most in the NFL during that 11-year span. He also helped 14 different Broncos reach the Pro Bowl and coached running back Terrell Davis to the NFL MVP award in 1998.
Think of what he can do for this Colts offense. He could make it similar if not better than what Denver had.
Also factor in Kubiak was the Texans head coach from 2006-2013. They share a division with the Colts so he knows the AFC South very well.
So if I’m the Colts, why not bring a guy in of his caliber to help this team out? He’s available right now and doesn’t look to be coaching in 2014. Why would he not take the Colts up on an offer? He can mentor Hamilton and help him out to really bring out the best of Luck and this offense.
It’s a win-win.
Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team the past four seasons and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru