xml:space="preserve">
xml:space="preserve">
Advertisement
Advertisement

Ravens' Gary Kubiak says he's not interested right now in head-coaching vacancies

Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.
Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. (Patrick Semansky, Associated Press)

Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak met with head coach John Harbaugh on Monday and told him that he isn't interested right now in hearing from teams who are looking to interview him for their head-coaching vacancy.

The New York Jets and Chicago Bears are among the teams who have Kubiak on their radar, although he said that he hasn't heard directly from either.

Advertisement

"I've told you guys before, I'm consumed with what I'm doing," Kubiak said Wednesday. "It's not time for stuff like that. I talked to John Monday morning and I told John, 'If anybody wants to talk to me, tell them no.' I'm a busy man right now. I have a lot to do.

"I think it's always flattering as a coach to be mentioned by any organization in football, but no, my total focus is on our football team and trying to enjoy what I'm doing right now.

Advertisement

Kubiak, 53, was the head coach of the Houston Texans for eight seasons, compiling a 61-64 record and earning two trips to the playoffs. In his first season as the Ravens' offensive coordinator, the team has set single-season franchise records with 409 points and 5,838 total yards.

Kubiak has been consistent all year in saying that he's focused on the job that he has, and he isn't looking beyond this season.

"I don't think about those things, I told you guys that," Kubiak said. "I've been through it. I had my turn, and I'm really enjoying what I'm doing. I've told you guys that over and over again. I don't think about what's next. I'm enjoying what's right now, and that's this organization, this football team and these players.

"I'm really enjoying what I'm doing. I just want to stay focused on that. That's been my message to John and my message to myself."

The Bears' head-coaching search is being led by consultant Ernie Accorsi, the former New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Colts general manager. Chicago has already requested permission to interview Ravens director of pro personnel Vince Newsome.

Newsome has been recommended by former NFL executive John Wooten and Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome (no relation to Vince Newsome).

Wooten, the director of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, expressed confidence in how a potential Newsome-Kubiak tandem could work out in Chicago.
 
"I think it would be outstanding the way those two guys would work together to build a winning football team," Wooten said in a telephone interview with The Baltimore Sun. "I could see Vince and Gary putting something together that would be really special. You're not going to find two better people than those two, that's for sure."

jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com

twitter.com/jeffzrebiecsun

Recommended on Baltimore Sun

Advertisement
Advertisement