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La Canfora: Gary Kubiak open to a return to the NFL as an offensive coordinator

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Since Gary Kubiak left Baltimore to become the Denver Broncos head coach, the Ravens have struggled to have any type of a successful offense. According to a report from Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the former Ravens offensive coordinator could be looking to return to NFL in the same role.

La Canfora’s report suggested that Kubiak would look to return to the NFL as an offensive coordinator for the 2018 season, a position where the Ravens could have an opening.

The Ravens offense has struggled as a whole under Marty Mornhinweg. Mornhinweg’s heavy lean on the passing game, especially dump off/check down type passes, as well as overall poor play calling have handicapped the Ravens offense. Many have called for Mornhinweg to be shown the door. Mornhinweg may have saved his job for the time being against the Dolphins, but his seat is still awfully hot.

Kubiak was the Ravens offensive coordinator in 2014, arguably the Ravens’ best offensive season in team history. It was Justin Forsett’s breakout season in which he rushed for 1,266 yards. 2014 was possibly Joe Flacco’s best year. Flacco finished with just under 4,000 passing yards (3,986), his highest total of passing touchdowns in a season (27) and his second highest career rating (91.0). Kubiak led an efficient Ravens offensive unit to the playoffs in 2014. The Ravens won the Wild Card Round game in Pittsburgh before dropping a hard fought game to the eventual Super Bowl winning New England Patriots in the Divisional Round.

Kubiak said after that season that he planned to stay in Baltimore as the offensive coordinator, but promptly headed off to Denver where he became the head coach, and later won Super Bowl 50.

If Kubiak does decide to return, there likely be a competitive market to land him. Expect the Ravens to be in the hunt, do the success Kubiak had in 2014, and the familiarity the team has with him.