When Darius Kilgo was drafted by the Denver Broncos last May, he got the standard phone calls from the team¿s coach, Gary Kubiak, and the general manager, John Elway. But his phone lit up with another text from an unexpected source that day: Broncos future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning. It was a bit of a surprise for the sixth-round pick who wasn¿t even invited to the NFL scouting combine after his career as a defensive lineman at Maryland ended.
Gary Kubiak's loss was the biggest of the offseason for the Ravens. He just has that type of presence about him. Some guys are born to lead, some guys are followers. Kubiak was born to be a head coach and he might end up being one of the best ever when he is done.
Former Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak and his coaching staff with the Denver Broncos have a little more to gameplan for ahead of Sunday's season opener, as Ravens running back Lorenzo Taliaferro and cornerback Rashaan Melvin returned to practice Friday.
The Ravens have tried to downplay going against their former offensive coordinator-turned-head coach, Gary Kubiak, but defensive coordinator Dean Pees hasn't. It isn't about revenge or a grudge match, it's about respect.
The true litmus test for new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman and his blended offense that still incorporates many of former offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's West Coast offensive concepts is roughly six weeks away.
Ravens backup quarterback Matt Shaub has been eager to share his insight with starter Joe Flacco as the two learn under Marc Trestman, the offensive coordinator who replaced Gary Kubiak and is keeping the same basic principles in the playbook.
Coordinators Marc Trestman and Gary Kubiak run the same West Coast offense, but their styles appear to be different in practice. Trestman is more involved and certainly more emotional. He is constantly jogging in and out of the huddle, usually chatting with a quarterback or receiver.
The so-called Gary Kubiak effect means running back Justin Forsett, fresh off a 1,266-yard season and 5.4 yards per carry for the Ravens, has vaulted up the free-agent running back rankings as he looks for his first big-money contract.
The Ravens moved quickly to fill their offensive coordinator vacancy, replacing Gary Kubiak with Marc Trestman, another former NFL head coach with a reputation for getting the most out of quarterbacks.
Where all of these Sunday developments leaves the Ravens is weighing the merits of a group of candidates that includes Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase. Gase is highly regarded by the Ravens, according to sources.
The Ravens will need to hire a new offensive coordinator, after all. Just seven days after saying that he would remain with the Ravens, Gary Kubiak will be named the new head coach of the Denver Broncos, according to a source, returning him to the organization that he spent 20 seasons with as either a player or assistant coach.
The Ravens knew that if offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak wanted to interview for the Denver Broncos' head-coaching vacancy, the job was probably his. Since late last week, they've been preparing for his departure, which now seems imminent.
Ravens quarterbacks coach Rick Dennison is regarded as a strong contingency plan if offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak leaves the organization to coach the Denver Broncos, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
Three days after the Ravens' season ended with a divisional round playoff loss to the New England Patriots, John Harbaugh expressed confidence in the organization's future, and the chances of offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak remaining part of it.
The Ravens' 30-17 victory over the Steelers in the AFC wild-card round Saturday night at Heinz Field was defined by an aggressiveness and fearlessness that also characterized their Super Bowl run two years ago.
So here is a little advice to coach John Harbaugh and coordinators Gary Kubiak and Dean Pees: Be imaginative, creative and unchained. In other words, as Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor once said, "go out there like a bunch of crazed dogs."