When the news broke late last night that Gary Kubiak would be joining lifelong friend John Elway in Denver as the Broncos’ new head coach, it wasn’t shocking whatsoever.
In fact it was expected.
As the Ravens prepared for their postseason run, Kubiak was garnering a lot of interest from teams with head coaching vacancies.
Here is a look back at what some players had to say about the possibility of losing their offensive play caller after just one season in Baltimore.
Exclusive Rights Free Agent Kamar Aiken: “That would be real big. Hopefully he doesn’t leave. It’ll be great to have him around and just to be able to have one year of his offense under our belt and being able to just expand on it next year.”
Free agent Torrey Smith: “It’s always tough when you get comfortable with a guy like that, and he’s a players’ coach; I will tell you that much. He’s a guy that you want to play for, so if he gets another head coaching job, you’re not surprised at it. And if he does get one – which I guess it’d be a good thing if he does – you want him to stay, but it’d be a good thing if he does. He can do a heck of a job, and I’m sure he’ll get the guys to rally around him if he happens to get another job.”
Guard Kelechi Osemele: “I liked playing for him. I knew the guy, met him in Houston as I was taking my visits before the draft, and I liked his mentality. I liked his overall view of the run game, zone blocking and stuff. I saw the success that he had in Houston, so I appreciate him bringing it here, because I feel like we do have the type of linemen that are athletic and aggressive and like to run the ball. So, it was good playing under his tutelage.”
The Ravens now set their sights on obtaining their fourth offensive coordinator since the Harbaugh era began in 2008.
Kubiak marks the 14th Ravens assistant coach to earn a head coaching job (eighth active) in the league.
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