The Ravens set franchise records for points scored and returned to the playoffs in 2014 thanks to Gary Kubiak’s offensive coaching.
Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak, who worked with the Baltimore Ravens in 2014, called Ravens QB Joe Flacco “elite.”
At the NFL scouting combine on Wednesday, the Baltimore Sun reported that when Kubiak was asked what he thought about whether Flacco was elite, he immediately responded in the affirmative.
“You bet he is,” Kubiak said. “He’s the reason I’m standing up here today… Joe was tremendous. I really enjoyed working with him, as talented a young man as I’ve ever coached and as good a person as I’ve ever coached. We’ll be talking about Joe for a long, long time. I really appreciated my time with him, and I wish him the best.”
Flacco set career highs under Kubiak with 3,986 passing yards and 27 TDs while the team as a whole set a franchise record for points scored despite losing former Pro Bowl RB Ray Rice in the offseason. With Kubiak’s offense, the Ravens back to the playoffs for the first time since 2012 and would go on to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.
In the wake of his incredible success in his first year with the Ravens, Kubiak was offered the head coaching job with the Denver Broncos after the team mutually parted ways with John Fox. Kubiak played for the Broncos from 1983 to 1991 and coached the team’s offense to two Super Bowls under former head coach Mike Shanahan.