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It's official: Gary Kubiak is the Ravens' offensive coordinator.

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Rick Dennison will coach quarterbacks.

Once competitors, John Harbaugh and Gary Kubiak are now a part of the same coaching staff.
Once competitors, John Harbaugh and Gary Kubiak are now a part of the same coaching staff.
Rob Carr

The Ravens made Gary Kubiak's hiring official with a 3 p.m. press conference.

Kubiak, the former Houston Texans head coach, will be Baltimore's new offensive coordinator. Kubiak's former offensive coordinator in Houston, Rick Dennison, will coach quarterbacks.

It's a great move for all parties involved after what seemed to be a wild search that went from Jim Hostler to Kyle Shanahan to a much, much better option. The Ravens get a guy with head coaching experience that has a great understanding for offensive football.

His teams have run the ball exceptionally well over the years, dating back when he was the offensive coordinator in Denver to when he was at the helm in Houston.

Even though he avoided answering the question, there's no doubt someone like Kubiak, who spent seven-plus seasons as a head coach, would want that job title again. And if one opens for him in the next year or two, Dennison is already on staff to replace him.

It's a win-win for everyone.

And considering that Shanahan and Hostler were the names remaining on Saturday, grabbing Kubiak can be considered a huge coup. He's a considerable upgrade over either of those two candidates and should be able to help revamp an offense that struggled in 2013.