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Lombardi's Way Kubiak Will Not Return to Baltimore

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Recently CBS Sports’ Jason LaCanfora reported that Gary Kubiak wants to get back in the game – in the NFL. But he doesn’t want to be a head coach. He wants to return as an offensive coordinator.

Naturally LaCanfora’s report was embraced by Ravens fans. The last time the Ravens fielded a formidable offense was in 2014, the season before Kubiak decided to take his dream job – the skipper for the Denver Broncos. That dream lasted just two seasons due to the demands of a head coaching job in the NFL that weighed upon Kubiak’s lingering health concerns.

Kubiak will not return

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Joe Flacco’s second-best season was on Kubiak’s watch as the Ravens offensive coordinator. The two worked well together and a reunion would make sense, theoretically.

But it won’t happen.

As time goes by and Flacco’s regression continues, Kubiak’s legacy in Baltimore, albeit brief, grows in stature. He’s approaching folk hero status here in The Land of Pleasant Living.

Why would Kubiak jeopardize that with a return to Baltimore?

Suppose the reunion goes as smoothly as a Van Halen reunion? Might that sully Kubes’ reputation?

If LaCanfora is right and Kubiak does return to the coaching ranks, he’d be better off going to a team with a more stable head coaching situation and leverage his rock star rep to land a better job with a more secure sideline. That doesn’t exist in Baltimore.

And even if it did, the Ravens shouldn’t roll out the purple carpet for Kubiak. It’s not as if an offensive coordinator’s gig in the NFL is an easy one. Those guys burn the midnight oil too. Why should the Ravens make their 6th offensive coordinator change since 2012 and hire a guy who a year from now might say, “Sorry guys, my doctor doesn’t think that I’m healthy enough to handle the stress of fixing Joe Flacco.”

If John Harbaugh is still around in 2018 he should move on from Marty Mornhinweg.

But Kubiak won’t be a candidate, nor should he be.

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