When Gary Kubiak was hired as Baltimore's offensive coordinator, it was widely understood that it would be a rental for about one or two years. So despite what Kubiak said seven days ago, it shouldn't come as a surprise that he is poised to become the head coach of the Denver Broncos.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Kubiak's deal and The Denver Post's Mike Klis is reporting it to be a four-year deal.
Gary Kubiak has agreed to become the head coach of the Denver Broncos, per league source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 19, 2015
Broncos finalizing 4-year contract with Gary Kubiak to make him head coach. He will be introduced as soon as Tuesday.— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) January 19, 2015
And if there was any doubt, Kubiak's son Klein Kubiak tweeted this out:
Welcome home dad! #Broncos #BroncosNation pic.twitter.com/Q0cHb11IKZ— Klein Kubiak (@Klein_Kubiak_84) January 19, 2015
This won't be a popular move in Baltimore. If Kubiak said nothing last Sunday, then many would have accepted it and moved on. The fact he had the Ravens put out a statement definitively keeping him in Baltimore will and has rubbed people the wrong way.
But this is the NFL, where loyalty really doesn't exist as much as we would like it to. In hindsight, Kubiak likely couldn't have imagined the Broncos job opening up, which would appear to be the only position he would leave the Ravens for. Kubiak screwed up in that sense. He should have never put anything out without doing his due diligence of what could or couldn't open up.
But at the end of the day, he has to do what's best for him -- not the Baltimore Ravens, not the Denver Broncos. If going to Denver is what he thinks is best for him then so be it. He gave the Ravens a great year as their offensive coordinator.
The Ravens will now search for a new offensive coordinator beginning this week for the second time in two years.