J.J. Watt and Texans hope to ruin homecoming for Ravens’ Kubiak…

Ravens’ offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak was head coach of the Houston Texans for most of the prior decade. So you’d expect some mixed emotions from the Texans players as the Ravens (9-5) try to build on their playoff drive this Sunday at Houston (7-7). But all-purpose defensive end J.J. Watt has made it clear he wants a W at all costs against his former coach’s team. The...
Via Ravens Football Machine
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Ravens-Texans Preview

The Baltimore Ravens control their playoff fate with the regular season winding down. While the Houston Texans remain mathematically alive, making the postseason is highly unlikely - especially given their state of flux under center. Gary Kubiak is among some key Ravens who may get extra motivation from facing their former team, but they already had plenty because Baltimore could...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Miami Dolphins: What a Win on Monday Means

The Finsiders John Congemi is right – sometimes a win although ugly is still a win. The win column does not matter how you get there, as long as you get there.For the Dolphins, the win on Monday night was not pretty by any means, but the team got it done. Now, Miami faces Baltimore in what might be the most important game of the team’s season as the Ravens are in the playoff...
Via Football Nation
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Texans at Oakland Raiders: 2014 Week 2 NFL Pick

Houston Texans (1-0) at Oakland Raiders (0-1) This is a tough one and one I don’t really have a strong opinion on. On one hand, I don’t know if I’m ready to bet on the Texans as field goal favorites. On the other hand, I do think the Texans are going to bounce back in a big way this season. They looked good in the opener in a 19-6 win over another team I think is going to bounce...
Via The Football Fan Spot
September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

On the Film: Kubiak’s Presence Seen on the Field

Gary Kubiak has had a lot of talk aimed his way in a positive form as he was the figurehead for the hope Ravens fans have in their offense after a somewhat dreadful season last year. On the Ravens first touchdown pass, the Ravens scored easily on second down. Here is the influence of Kubiak played out in the red zone.  This is a touchdown pass to Owen Daniels, a former tight end...
Via TopSportsReport
September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Jacksonville Jaguars at Washington Redskins: 2014 Week 2 NFL Pick

Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) at Washington Redskins (0-1) The Redskins lost in Houston last week and it seems that people have already given up on them as a bounce back team. After all, the Texans won just 2 games last season. I don’t think that’s the right reaction. I think it’s way more likely that the Texans are also going to be a bounce back team this season. Their offense...
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September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Flacco and Ravens make grim debut in Kubiak’s new offense as Bengals win, 23-16…

The Ravens offense was hard to find in OC Gary Kubiak’s new system on Sunday. Baltimore’s defense did a pretty good job of bending but not breaking against Andy Dalton and company, holding them to 5 field goals and a long-shot tipped pass over Chykie Brown that A.J. Green somehow managed to keep his balance upon and haul in for a killing score. WBAL’s Stan White interviewed...
Via Ravens Football Machine
September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL 2014: Washington v Houston Texans 5 Things To Know

Both the Houston Texans and Washington enter the game with new head coaches.  Jay Gruden will lead Washington into Houston after Mike Shanahan's contentious season last year.  Bill O'Brien will head the Texans into a new season after head coach Gary Kubiak was dismissed and interim coach Wade Phillips was not given the job.Here are five things you should know:5. In 11 straight...
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September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

5 reasons the Baltimore Ravens will beat the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday

1. Gary Kubiak hasn’t revealed much yet. In all of Gary Kubiak’s stop in his coaching tenure, he’s installed offenses that are not only extremely successful but also unique to their personnel.  The west coast variant offense relies on timing to create its openings, and whether that is in the rush game or pass game, there will be some new wrinkles revealed.  Surely with such...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Ravens take on RG3 and Redskins in Saturday night PS Game 3…

The regular starters will play the entire 1st half of this one, so fans of both teams will get a good look at many of the new wrinkles brought to the offensive systems thanks to a new offensive coordinator (Gary Kubiak) in Baltimore and a new head coach (Jay Gruden) in Washington. The Ravens want to implement Kubiak’s classic “4-minute offense”…and try to put points on the...
Via Ravens Football Machine
August 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Kubiak has Ravens' ground game is up and running

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens seem to be adjusting well to new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. The Ravens have averaged a league-best 194 rushing yards in two preseason games. That's a far cry from last year, when the Ravens ranked 30th in rushing. Their average of 3.1 yards per carry ranked last. The running game is ''where everything starts for us,'' said Kubiak...
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August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

49ers @ Ravens Preseason Recap: Gary Kubiak’s Ravens making up for lost time

Boy, oh boy.  Was it nice to see the purple uniforms back on the field. On a picturesque Baltimore night, the Ravens began their 2014 season in grand fashion, drubbing the 49ers and Jim Harbaugh by a score of 23-3. On the first possession, the Ravens defense appeared somewhat suspect — the defensive line was getting pushed back.  The 49ers were finding receivers open downfield...
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August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

49ers and Ravens bring us “Thursday Night Lights”… but don’t worry about the score…

I don’t expect the “1′s” to be on the field for more than 4 or 5 series in the opening half, so don’t fret too much over the final score of Thursday night’s preseason opener between the 49ers and the Ravens. The thing I want to focus on is how the offensive line for the Ravens looks as it goes through its substitutions and takes on the big defensive front of the 49ers...
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August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

5 things we’ve learned on the cusp of the preseason

Now that we are about to start real football (sort of), let’s take a look at what we know about the Ravens, as presently constructed. 1. Joe Flacco is a great fit in Gary Kubiak’s offense, if you are to believe the Ravens coaches and players. Now, obviously this comes with a disclaimer — everybody can look good in shorts and a red jersey.  Joe Flacco’s performance and fit...
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August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Ravens enter full-contact stage of 2014 TC with optimism and relief…

The relief for Ravens fans is nobody got beat up too badly in the first full-contact practice sessions. The optimism is about how Joe Flacco seems to have grasped the new offensive system installed by OC Gary Kubiak. Another point of optimism— Ricky Wagner has looked pretty good so far at right tackle—and he’s been going up against Elvis Dumervil, arguably still one of the...
Via Ravens Football Machine
July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

TE Camp: Gary Kubiak’s two-headed tight end monster

Training camp is a time when teams start to come together and help not only each other come together, but the team as well. Some camps might be harder than others, especially when it comes to earning a spot on the roster and keeping a job on an NFL team. Heading into training camp, the tight end position seems to be one of the stronger positions on the offense — if not the strongest...
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July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

RB Camp: Which Baltimore Raven seizes the Week 1 starting job?

One of the most interesting battles of Ravens training camp will be at the running back position. Ray Rice had his worst season as a pro in 2013, and his production was down across the board in the blocking scheme implemented by Juan Castillo.  Now that Gary Kubiak is at the helm, the differences in those offense should become apparent, and Ray Rice is hoping, spark a comeback trail...
Via cover32 - Ravens
July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

If Recent History Repeats the Houston Texans Will Make the Playoffs This Season

It was tough for fans of the Houston Texans to watch their team play last season. To go from being two-time division champs to the worst team in the league was a hard pill to swallow. The only good thing to come out of it (besides getting rid of Gary Kubiak) was the No. 1 pick in the draft--former South Carolina defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney.Not to mention that if recent history...
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July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Joe Flacco “always knows the answer” in Kubiak’s offense

When the Ravens gathered to address the media at OTAs, one thing that people kept asking about was, of course, the quarterback. The most important position in the game, the difference between a good and great quarterback can be the difference between an early exit in the postseason and the Lombardi.  Joe Flacco has been good in the regular season, but he has flashed great in the...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Comparing Chip Kelly to Gary Kubiak—what could possibly go wrong?

The most significant news to me coming out of Eagles OTA’s is that DT Bennie Logan has bulked up to 317 pounds (all muscle mass!) and the future of the defensive front looks a whole lot brighter. But today I wanted to take a look at the offensive system Chip Kelly has installed, and try to compare it to what Gary Kubiak had success with at Houston before the wheels came off the...
Via Eagles Eye
June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

The Anatomy of a Projection: Baltimore Ravens

OC Gary Kubiak pass/run as HC of HOU: 2013: 633/414 2012: 554/508 2011: 467/546 2010: 574/423 2009: 593/425 2008: 555/432 2007: 529/417 2006: 481/431 Total: 4386/3596 (55%/45%) Projecting a 561/459 split for 2014 Schaub: 1.77 attempts/game under Kubiak Flacco: 2.375 attempts/game in career Ray Rice is facing a suspension for off field problems, assume 3 [&hellip (Visited 1 times...
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June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

What makes Kubiak’s new offense for Ravens unique…

The Ravens spent most of Week 2 of OTA’s installing new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak’s system. Joe Flacco seems excited and optimistic about the new system. If you are wondering what makes Kubiak’s offense so unique, yet also wondering how it failed in Houston last year, you are not alone. I went to an Films source, the TV and blog analyst Greg Cosell, to...
Via Ravens Football Machine
June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Texans watching Patriots tape and hoping to emulate their offense

Texans head coach Bill O’Brien believes an uptempo offense can help win games in Houston (Credit: USA Today/Troy Taormina) Last December, after a 2-11 start, the Houston Texans fired head coach Gary Kubiak. By January 2nd, the team had hired Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien. From 2007 to 2011, O’Brien was an assistant coach, wide receiver coach, quarterback coach and offensive...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

No more segways for Texans under new coach Bill O'Brien

Bill O'Brien is getting his feet on the ground for his first season as Houston Texans head coach. And he wants his players to start doing the same. Former Texans coach Gary Kubiak didn't mind his players rolling around on segways, but O'Brien won't allow it.   The two-wheeled scooters were a common means of transportation for running back Arian Foster, and he even bought one for...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

New Texans coach Bill O'Brien has banned Segways

Photo Credit: BlackSportsOnline Football players, as a general rule, probably are athletic enough to walk from place to place, except maybe punters, but we busted that myth yesterday. However, under the Gary Kubiak administration, the Houston Texans used segways to get around the practice facility. In fact, Arian Foster once bought some for his entire offensive line. Well, I guess...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss
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