Well this is quite big.
Though there was word that numerous teams wanted to interview Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, including the Chicago Bears, the play-caller himself has made up his mind. He's staying put in Baltimore.
It was a coup to get Kubiak after the Texans fired him a year ago. To keep Kubiak despite the fact he's been receiving interest around the league for a head coaching job? That's a huge deal. Kubiak made tremendous strides with this offense in year one and should be able to improve this group even more in year two.
The Ravens made this announcement late Sunday night.
"It is flattering and humbling to be invited to interview for a number of NFL head coaching positions, and I greatly appreciate these opportunities," Kubiak said in a statement via the team's website. "But I have decided to stay with the Ravens.
"This is a special organization and we, like [Head] Coach [John] Harbaugh says, are building something great. I want to be a part of that and contribute in whatever ways I can."
Under Kubiak, quarterback Joe Flacco enjoyed a career year, throwing for 3,986 yards and 27 touchdowns. Justin Forsett went from a third-string runner to a top 10 NFL back this season. The offensive line paved the way for 2,019 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground.
Steve Smith is back in the fold and so is Kubiak. Next up for the offense is finding a way to retain Torrey Smith, who is set to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. If the younger Smith is back, the sky will be the limit with the 2015 Ravens offense.