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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2014
The Ravens have been keeping everyone hanging as they conduct what appears to be a thorough search for their next offensive coordinator, but if they were to get Gary Kubiak, the wait would be well worth it. The team was expected to make an announcement regarding a new offensive coordinator late last week, but then a mystery candidate emerged Sunday. It turns out it was Kubiak, the former Houston Texans head coach who previously served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach when the Denver Broncos won a pair of Super Bowls nearly two decades ago. He is now considered the favorite . And he should be. The Ravens have considered qualified candidates such as Kyle Shanahan , Kirby Wilson, Scott Linehan and internal candidate Jim Hostler.
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Mike Preston | October 13, 2014
When the Ravens signed three free agents in the offseason to boost their offense, only the acquisition of veteran receiver Steve Smith seemed to create a buzz around town. After six games, all three additions and center Jeremy Zuttah have had a significant impact, but none greater than Smith. He gave the Ravens two elements they were missing from last season - a go-to receiver who could work the entire field, and a hard-nose veteran with a strong work ethic Smith has 35 catches for 573 yards and four touchdowns so far this year.
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Mike Preston | October 13, 2014
When the Ravens signed three free agents in the offseason to boost their offense, only the acquisition of veteran receiver Steve Smith seemed to create a buzz around town. After six games, all three additions and center Jeremy Zuttah have had a significant impact, but none greater than Smith. He gave the Ravens two elements they were missing from last season - a go-to receiver who could work the entire field, and a hard-nose veteran with a strong work ethic Smith has 35 catches for 573 yards and four touchdowns so far this year.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2014
For play callers like the Ravens' Gary Kubiak, achieving offensive balance is an elusive pursuit, a challenging and often frustrating endeavor that prompts sleepless nights and almost constant second-guessing. When Kubiak spoke to reporters on Thursday, the Ravens' 20-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts four days earlier was still fresh on his mind, and the questions about why his offense ran the ball just 15 times in the game seemed as pertinent as ever. "Last weekend, it's the least amount of plays we've run in a game, the least amount of time we've been on the field.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said Thursday that he's dealing with Week 1 nerves just like his players are, but if there was ever a team he wouldn't mind breaking in his new offense against, the Cincinnati Bengals might be it. Kubiak was 8-2 in seven seasons as the Houston Texans' head coach against the Ravens' AFC North rivals, including five wins against the Bengals, against whom the Ravens open their season on Sunday. This deserves all the usual qualifiers, including how Kubiak's system stalled out last year in Houston and how much the Bengals defense has improved since he last played them.
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By Matt Vensel | January 28, 2014
Shortly after the Detroit Lions hired Jim Caldwell to be their head coach earlier this month, Ravens fullback Vonta Leach reached out to Ravens coach John Harbaugh and encouraged him to interview Gary Kubiak, his former coach in Houston, for the team's vacant offensive coordinator position. So of course Leach was excited on Monday afternoon when the Ravens announced that they had hired Kubiak -- whom Leach recently called “ a great coach, great father, great man ” -- to be their offensive coordinator and that Kubiak was also brining along Rick Dennison to be the team's new quarterbacks coach.
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By Matt Vensel | January 28, 2014
Before the wheels fell off their wagon during the 2013 season, Gary Kubiak's Houston Texans were one of the NFL's best at running the football. In every season from 2010 to 2012, the Texans ranked in the top eight in the league in both rushing yards and rushing touchdowns, most of them coming from All-Pro running back Arian Foster. He rushed for 4,264 yards and 41 touchdowns over that three-year span. Foster is a talented player, no doubt, but the zone-blocking scheme Kubiak installed in Houston with the help of offensive line guru Alex Gibbs played a significant role in his emergence , the same way it did when the Denver Broncos turned guys like Olandis Gary and Reuben Droughns into 1,000-yard rushers.
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By Matt Vensel | January 27, 2014
It was a whirlwind couple of days for Gary Kubiak after arriving in Baltimore on Sunday. Ravens coach John Harbaugh sold him on his vacant offensive coordinator position over dinner -- and presumably a fine bottle of wine -- at his Baltimore County home that night and Kubiak and the Ravens spent much of Monday finalizing the terms of his new contract and discussing how their offense might come together in the coming months before Kubiak was introduced to...
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2014
Standing in the middle of the Ravens' practice field Tuesday, offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak directed traffic by pointing his fingers and huddling frequently with quarterback Joe Flacco. The hiring of Kubiak in late January was a dramatic change after the Ravens failed to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2007 season and finished the season ranked 29th in total offense. Kubiak is installing his offensive playbook, which is based heavily on play-action passes, bootlegs and a zone-blocking scheme that emphasizes a mobile offensive line and a devotion to the running game.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2013
Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak can't say definitively at this point that Ed Reed will play Sunday against his former team. However, he said in a conference call with Ravens' reporters today that the safety is “as close to playing as [he has] been.” “His progress has been really good,” Kubiak said. “It was a tough decision [last] Sunday because I think he was very, very close, but we decided to go in the other direction. We'll see where we're at. It's a day-to-day deal.
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Mike Preston | October 2, 2014
Joe Cool has become Comfortable Joe. Throughout the years, there is one picture of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco etched in the minds of every fan. It's the one where Flacco sits on the bench after a failed series with a blank look on his face. He talks to no one, and doesn't even look at game photos. As teammates walk by, Flacco continues to stare into the abyss. That doesn't happen any longer. Because of a new coordinator, position coach, blocking scheme and running game, Flacco's completion numbers and passing yards are up and his interceptions and sack totals are down.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
If you think the Ravens are being coy about their running back situation, Lorenzo Taliaferro wants to let you in on a little secret. Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak doesn't let the players know in advance how he'll divvy up the carries on game day, either. "He doesn't really tell us who's going to go in during the week," said Taliaferro, the Ravens' rookie running back. "[It's] … whoever they call and put in. We'll all step out there and get the job done. " There remains a shroud of mystery about the Ravens' running game as they face the Carolina Panthers Sunday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
The arrival of veteran wide receiver Steve Smith didn't suddenly transform wide receiver Torrey Smith into the forgotten man in the Ravens' offense. That's been the net effect, though, for the former Maryland standout as Torrey Smith and quarterback Joe Flacco have struggled to connect on deep passes. Meanwhile, Steve Smith has thrived in offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's system. Torrey Smith has been targeted 19 times and has caught just six passes for 85 yards while Steve Smith has been thrown to 31 times and has 18 catches, 290 yards and a touchdown.
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Mike Preston | September 25, 2014
Soon after the 2013 season ended, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh admitted that he knew his offense was in trouble once tight end Dennis Pitta was injured and declared out for the season shortly into training camp. Pitta is out for the season again after he re-injured his hip Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, and the Ravens announced Wednesday that starting left tackle Eugene Monroe could be out for an extended period because of a knee injury. It's not a good situation for the Ravens, who play the Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers within the next six weeks.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Eluding cornerbacks with quick moves or tossing them aside with a mean stiff arm, wide receiver Steve Smith has been busy establishing himself as the Ravens' top offensive weapon through two games. Smith has been thrown to a team-high 25 times heading into Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, making 13 catches for 189 yards and a touchdown. Signed to a three-year, $11 million contract in March, the five-time Pro Bowl selection quickly has become the featured wide receiver that Andre Johnson was in Gary Kubiak's Houston Texans offense.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
Just a few weeks ago, Ravens veteran tight end Owen Daniels ' status was very much in doubt. When a chronic hamstring problem sidelined the two-time Pro Bowl selection for the majority of the preseason, Daniels insisted that he knew how his body was responding and was adamant that he would be just fine. Daniels is looking mighty accurate in his self-assessment. He caught a pair of touchdown passes Thursday night in a 26-6 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in a key AFC North game at M&T Bank Stadium.
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By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2014
When training camp started last season, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was friendly and happy. He joked with teammates more than usual and was more animated and vocal. At that time, a lot of us thought his leadership was emerging because the Ravens had lost linebacker Ray Lewis and safety Ed Reed. And then Flacco went on to throw a career-high 22 interceptions in one of his worst seasons ever. So far in minicamp, Flacco is back to the Flacco of old. He isn't joking a lot and appears to be more standoffish.
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Mike Preston | August 4, 2014
In theory, the West Coast offense doesn't appear to be ideal for an East Coast football team. Gary Kubiak's version, though, might be the perfect fit for the Ravens. The short, quick passes still will be a major staple of their offense, but in Kubiak's system, the running game sets up the pass. When John Elway was the Denver Broncos' quarterback, he won back-to-back Super Bowl s in 1998 and 1999 with Kubiak as the offensive coordinator. Elway expects Kubiak to also be successful in Baltimore, where he will debut as the Ravens' offensive coordinator Thursday night against the San Francisco 49ers in their preseason opener.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2014
The process of fixing what ailed Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco didn't start with his right arm, his eyes or what's between his ears. It began with his feet. Flacco and the rest of the team's passers started nearly every day of training camp with a drill in which they high-stepped over and around cones while keeping their eyes downfield. The message was sent early that to quarterback a Gary Kubiak offense, they had better perfect their footwork. “It's kind of the way I teach guys to read,” Kubiak said.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said Thursday that he's dealing with Week 1 nerves just like his players are, but if there was ever a team he wouldn't mind breaking in his new offense against, the Cincinnati Bengals might be it. Kubiak was 8-2 in seven seasons as the Houston Texans' head coach against the Ravens' AFC North rivals, including five wins against the Bengals, against whom the Ravens open their season on Sunday. This deserves all the usual qualifiers, including how Kubiak's system stalled out last year in Houston and how much the Bengals defense has improved since he last played them.
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