The Baltimore Ravens have been searching for a new offensive coordinator for almost two weeks, but there never appeared to be any doubt that they would find their man. It isn’t like they are their division rival Cleveland Browns, who struggle to get guys to join their organization year after year because of all the turnover in the organization. The Ravens, in fact, are considered one of the best organizations in all of football and many coaches would love the opportunity to work in Baltimore. Many coaches who have worked for the Ravens have gone onto become head coaches in the league, including two from this year’s crop of new coaches.
Coach John Harbaugh set out on a detailed and precise search for his new offensive coordinator and he didn’t disappoint with the end result. By hiring former Houston Texans head coach and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, Harbaugh got the most experienced offensive coach on the market not named Norv Turner. Kubiak appears to be an even better fit than Turner when it comes to what Harbaugh wants from his offense.
Last year he brought in his friend and well-respected offensive line coach Juan Castillo to implement the zone-blocking scheme. The scheme was ineffective and led to the Ravens having one of the worst rushing attacks in the league. With Kubiak, the Ravens get an expert in the scheme, who can help Castillo to implement it. Kubiak’s playbook will be friendlier to the zone-scheme and will help make the transition much smoother.
As for Joe Flacco, he can expect to get one of the best in the business at helping out his quarterback. Kubiak believes in having a strong running game that helps the passing attack open up. He won’t just give up on the run like his predecessors. Kubiak, a former NFL quarterback for the Broncos, has worked with John Elway, Jay Cutler and Matt Schaub, and has had success with all three of them throughout his career.
On top of that, Kubiak’s top assistant, Rick Dennison, will be joining the team as their quarterbacks coach. Dennison was the Texans offensive coordinator the past two seasons and has a lot of experience in Kubiak’s offense. He has never been a quarterbacks coach before, which could become a problem, but it would appear that he knows enough of Kubiak’s offense that he can be of great assistance to Flacco. I have been advocating for the Ravens to add a quarterbacks coach this offseason and they did a great job of finding a guy who works well with the new offensive coordinator.
There is still a lot of work that needs to be done on the personnel side of the the offense, but the hiring of Kubiak could end of helping the team hide some of their problems on offense if they are unable to upgrade their team due to cap problems. Kubiak is as good as they come and the Ravens were lucky that he was still on the market this late in the process. Dennison is a great assistant to have on staff and it is safe to assume that at least one more coach from Kubiak’s past will be joining the coaching staff. For now, the Ravens have their guy to lead an offense that has struggled to play consistent football, and I’m not sure they could have done a better job.