Ravens Pick Gary Kubiak, Not Kyle Shanahan, As OC
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — The Baltimore Ravens have hired former Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak to be the team’s new offensive coordinator.
Kyle Shanahan, who was fired by the Washington Redskins after the team produced a lethargic 3-13 record last season, interviewed twice for the position. The Ravens are not expected to hire the 34-year-old in a lesser capacity, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.
The 52-year-old Kubiak replaces Jim Caldwell, who left to become coach of the Detroit Lions. The Ravens officially welcomed Kubiak during a Monday afternoon press conference.
Kubiak was offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos for three years before being named Houston’s head coach in 2006. He was fired on Dec. 6 of this season after the Texans started 2-11.
He had a 61-64 regular season record and went 2-2 in the postseason with Houston.
Kubiak takes over an offense that was ranked 29th in the NFL. Baltimore went 8-8 after winning the Super Bowl last year.
Ravens receivers coach Jim Hostler also interviewed twice for the job, along with Pittsburgh Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson.
Wilson was eliminated from contention on Saturday.
Kubiak, a late candidate for the post, and will be asked to improve a running attack that produced only seven touchdowns and averaged a franchise-worst 3.1 yards per carry. In addition, Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco threw a career-high 22 interceptions.
The Ravens have also hired former Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison as quarterbacks coach.
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