OWINGS MILLS — When wide receiver Steve Smith signed with the Baltimore Ravens in March, one of the primary selling points was the opportunity to play in Gary Kubiak’s offense.
Kubiak, most recently the head coach of the Houston Texans, was hired to be the Ravens’ offensive coordinator January.
“When I heard and saw that they were bringing in coach Kubiak, I knew that was somebody that I wanted to play underneath because I know how explosive [the offense is] and what they do and how they play football,” Smith said.
Ravens players are in the process of learning and getting comfortable within Kubiak’s system. But players like quarterback Joe Flacco and Smith are already excited based on Kubiak’s track record as well as how things have gone through two days of Baltimore’s first organized team activity (OTA) of the offseason.
“This year’s a little different obviously,” Flacco said. “It’s probably more similar to my rookie year I guess because you’ve got a new offense and you’ve got a couple new players and things like that, but it’s not quite that because I have played a handful of years and have been in an offense, so you’re able to pick things up a little quicker.
“But it’s exciting. I’m excited about it.”
The biggest obstacles for players at this point are just continuing to learn the playbook, continuing to learn the terminology and, for Flacco, getting comfortable with things like the different footwork that will be asked of him within Kubiak’s system.
“There’s a lot of work for him and everyone to do,” coach John Harbaugh said.
But the Ravens are enthusiastic.