OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said he isn't going to talk about being a head-coaching candidate because he wants to stay focused on the playoffs.
Even before he was linked to the openings with the New York Jets and Chicago Bears, Kubiak told coach John Harbaugh on Monday, "Anybody that wants to talk to me, just tell them no. I'm a busy man right now."
"I told you guys before that I'm consumed with what I'm doing," Kubiak said Wednesday. "It's not time for stuff like that. It's always flattering as a coach to be mentioned by any organization in football. My total focus is on our football game and trying to enjoy what I'm doing right now."
The New York Jets requested permission on Tuesday to interview Kubiak, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. On Wednesday, the Chicago Bears reportedly expressed interest in Kubiak.
In Kubiak's first season, the Ravens offense finished No. 12 in the NFL, its highest ranking in 17 years. The Ravens also set a franchise record for points scored in a season (409).
Kubiak, 53, spent the previous eight seasons (2006-13) as the head coach of the Houston Texans.
He didn't give a definitive answer when asked whether he would be interested in interviewing for any of the openings once the Ravens' season ended.
"I don't think about those things," he said. "I've been through it. I had my turn, and I'm really enjoying with what I'm doing. I've told you all that over and over again. I don't think about what's next. I want to enjoy what's now, and that's this organization, this football team and these playoffs. I haven't been there in a couple of years. I'm really enjoying what I'm doing, and I just want to stay focused on that. That's been my message to John and my message to myself since I came here. So, I'm going to stick with that."
So, what can anyone read from his comments? I wouldn't rule out Kubiak leaving, but he's not going to jump at any offer. He has repeatedly talked about how much he enjoys his role with the Ravens, so it sounds like he can be selective and choose the opportunity that best fits him. And that could mean another year running the Ravens' offense.