Baltimore Ravens fans, it’s official. You now have an offensive coordinator (OC). Former Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak is now your guy, according to ESPN.com. With the departure of Jim Caldwell to the Detroit Lions, this brings in a totally different offense to Charm City. Is Kubiak really the answer for one of the league’s worst rushing attacks in NFL history? Can Kubiak turn this Offense in to something formidable? Survey says yes, yes he can.
Kubiak has a history of winning. While 2013 was not his best season, he turned a garbage franchise into Division Champions two years in a row in 2011 and 2012. He was even given AFC Coach of the year honors in 2011. He has won championships with the Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers and is no stranger to the OC position. He was a QB Coach and OC for two of the best QBs in NFL history in John Elway and Steve Young; this should speak to what he can do for Joe Flacco’s development.
On the downside of that, the last time Baltimore had a QB coach who coached a great QB in the past, it was Jim Caldwell. Caldwell rode the success of Peyton Manning and we found that he did little to develop Flacco as a result. So the question remains: is Kubiak a great coach or is he simply getting jobs based on the success of already great signal callers?
Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce have to be wondering what kind of scheme will be ran as the workhorses of this new regime coming into Baltimore. With Juan Castillo still on the roster will Kubiak show him how to properly coach the run-blocking scheme he failed to push last season? The RBs should be excited to have a coach who has mentored one of the greatest backs in the game in Arian Foster.
Baltimore has nothing but good things to come with the addition of Kubiak. He has a great football mind and brings plenty of knowledge to this team. I look forward to seeing his plans for the 2014 Ravens offense.