Kubiak Gets Chance for Career Rehab with Ravens
Last Monday, the Baltimore Ravens announced the hiring of former Texans head coach Gary Kubiak to be the team’s new offensive coordinator. Kubiak replaces Jim Caldwell who left his Baltimore post to become the new head coach in Detroit. The hiring of Kubiak, along with several of his most trusted assistants, looks to be a coup for the Ravens. Baltimore’s game of musical offensive coordinators also speaks to the current precarious state of job security in the NFL.
Jim Caldwell looked like a genius this time a year ago as he served as the play caller for a Baltimore offense that rode a hot streak from QB Joe Flacco to a Super Bowl title. Caldwell wasn’t shy about calling plays for TE Dennis Pitta and WR Anquan Boldin over the middle of the field, something his predecessor Cam Cameron was reluctant to do. Three offseason events (trade of Boldin, injury to Pitta, retirement of center Matt Birk) doomed the 2013 Ravens’ offense from the start. By the end of the season fans and local media were ready to run Caldwell and his staff right out of town, Super Bowl rings be damned. Caldwell landed on his feet with the Lions only to be replaced by Kubiak, who was fired by Houston after a disastrous season that saw the Texans go from Super Bowl contender to preparing to make the first selection in the draft. One city’s trash is another treasure.