The Baltimore Ravens have done it again. Just when you think you know what they’re doing they pull one over on you. Over the weekend, football insider Adam Schefter and a few others like him were all but convinced that the Ravens Offensive Coordinator job was down to either former Washington Redskins OC Kyle Shanahan or current Ravens WR coach Jim Hostler. Neither option really got Ravens fans jumping out of their seats. Things change though.
If you were checking your Twitter feed all day on Monday, you couldn’t help but notice seeing former Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak’s name all over in regards to the Ravens OC job. Just where was Kubiak for the past week or so? Heck, I even wrote articles in support of Norv Turner at first and then jumped on the Kirby Wilson bandwagon when Turner went to the Minnesota Vikings. Kubiak’s employment with the Ravens became official earlier this afternoon. Along with Kubiak is former Texan’s OC Rick Dennison, who will serve as the Ravens QB coach in 2014.
The signing of Kubiak is great news for a Ravens rushing attack that ranked 29th in the league this year, albeit Ray Rice wasn’t quite himself with a nagging hip injury and there were a few weaknesses on the offensive line. Kubiak was last an OC as part of the Denver Broncos who won two Super Bowls in the late 90s. Kubiak perfected the zone run game that Ravens fans were complaining about this year. I say if the Ravens are sticking with a zone run scheme, then why not with a man who has had so much success with it?
It remains to be seen how Kubiak will actually help the offense in 2014, but one thing is for sure. His hire definitely brings some much needed excitement and enthusiasm amongst the fans.
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