Gary Kubiak is getting what the Ravens wish they had – another crack at the Patriots in the playoffs.
Kubiak’s last game as the Ravens’ offensive coordinator was last year’s 31-28 playoff loss at New England. The Ravens twice led by 14 points in that game – 14-0, and 28-14. Kubiak had the Patriots off balance with his play calling, and quarterback Joe Flacco was sizzling, shredding the Patriots with his arm.
However, the Patriots rallied, and in a way, the Ravens still haven’t recovered. Kubiak left to become the Broncos’ head coach. And while he is preparing for the AFC championship game, the Ravens are trying to rebound from a 5-11 season.
The departure of Kubiak wasn’t the main reason the Ravens went downhill, not with the massive injuries they had. But Kubiak did an excellent job in his one year with the Ravens, just as he has done in his first year as Broncos’ head coach. Kubiak is resourceful, able to adjust from week to week, finding ways to win even if it isn’t pretty.
Kubiak was not given an easy task this season – handling a declining Peyton Manning in what could be his last season, and leading a team with championship aspirations. But now the Broncos are one victory from a Super Bowl, and Kubiak will have many in the Ravens organization rooting for him Sunday.