Kubiak told the Ravens that he was not pursuing any head coaching jobs this year, and the Ravens released a statement late Sunday night that Kubiak was remaining with the team. But that was a day before the Denver Broncos and coach John Fox parted ways.
Many consider Kubiak to be the frontrunner for the Broncos' job considering his long history and friendship with general manager John Elway.
So, who are the Ravens' contingency plans if Kubiak leaves? Here are three names to keep an eye on:
Rick Dennison, Ravens quarterbacks coach: He should be at the top of the Ravens' list for Kubiak replacements. Dennison has been Kubiak's right-hand man for years, and no one knows his system better. Dennison also has offensive coordinator experience with the Broncos (2006-08) and Houston Texans (2010-13). The biggest question is why would he stay with the Ravens when he could have the same title in Denver with Kubiak? If Dennison is still under contract, the Ravens wouldn't have to let him go to Denver.
Brian Pariani, Ravens tight ends coach: Most assume Pariani will go to Denver with Kubiak just like he followed him to Baltimore. But the lure of becoming an offensive coordinator could keep him with the Ravens. Pariani knows Kubiak's system, which is key considering the Ravens' success last season. He was Kubiak's tight ends coach in Houston for eight seasons (2006-13) before serving the same role with the Ravens in 2014.
Kyle Shanahan, former Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator: He was one of the finalists for the Ravens' offensive coordinator job before the Ravens decided to go with Kubiak. I actually thought the Ravens should have hired Shanahan before Kubiak entered the picture. The Ravens were looking to add Shanahan to the staff before he went to the Browns, which hinted that he could've been the coordinator-in-waiting. Shanahan is familiar with Kubiak's offense. He was on Kubiak's staff in Houston for four seasons, including two as the offensive coordinator (2008-09). Shanahan has experience calling plays, serving as offensive coordinator for the Redskins and Browns as well.