Kubiak shuns suitors, will remain with Ravens under Harbaugh

Gary Kubiak (right) took Joe Flacco and the Ravens to new heights in 2014, and apparently he wants to see if they can go higher in 2015.

Wesley Hitt

Given the choice to try to turn Jay Cutler or Geno Smith into a winner or keep riding with the one he’s got, Gary Kubiak chose the latter. Even if it means a lower pay grade.

After rumors surfaced that Kubiak was on the Bears’ and Jets’ lists of potential head-coaching candidates, Kubiak on Sunday decided to remain as the Ravens’ offensive coordinator.

“It is flattering and humbling to be invited to interview for a number of NFL head coaching positions, and I greatly appreciate these opportunities,” Kubiak said in a statement through the team. “But I have decided to stay with the Ravens.

“This is a special organization and we, like [Head] Coach [John] Harbaugh says, are building something great. I want to be a part of that and contribute in whatever ways I can.”

Kubiak, in his first season with Baltimore, guided the Ravens to a franchise record in points scored and helped quarterback Joe Flacco to perhaps the best statistical season of his seven-year career. Flacco set career highs in passing yards (3,986) and touchdown passes (27), while his 91.0 passer rating was the second-highest mark of his career. Flacco was also sacked just 19 times, a dozen fewer than his previous career low and 29 fewer than last season.

What’s more, Baltimore returned to the playoffs a season after missing them and two seasons after Flacco led the Ravens to a victory in the Super Bowl with one of the greatest postseason runs by a quarterback in league history. This postseason, Flacco and the Ravens won at rival Pittsburgh in the wild-card round before losing at New England on Saturday, 35-31.

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Kubiak coached the Houston Texans for eight years before joining the Ravens this season.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report