From his introductory press conference:
Gary, how much is it in your ambition to be a head coach again down the line? (Aaron Wilson)
(KUBIAK) “I want to be the best offensive coordinator that I can be – that’s what I want to do. I don’t look down the road and at those types of things. I told John this when he first called me, I said, ‘John, you know what? I want a chance to enjoy coaching, teaching, and I want a chance to win. And I know you would offer me all those opportunities if this thing would work out.’ So really, for me, it’s just about getting back. It’s a tough thing to go through, but right now this has been the best day I’ve had in two months, because I’m so excited to be back in this league, to get back to work. I shook a few players’ hands today, I met a bunch of new coaches that I have tremendous respect for five minutes ago in the defensive staff, and that’s why I do what I do. That’s what I enjoy doing and enjoy being with those players. So, I’m looking forward to that.”
Take that for what you will. I personally believe Kubiak does want to return to HCing and that he's a good enough coach and the offense will be successful enough to get him there (heck, if Caldwell could do it...). Whether that's 2015, 2016, etc I don't know.
LeBeau, as SAM said, was an awful HC and has spent 10 years in Pittsburgh (only been there since 2004) because he was in his mid 60s when he got hired for that, he's 76 now. Kubiak is in his 50s - actually turning 53 a week from today - which is average for an NFL HC; Harbaugh, for comparison, is 51.
edit - Also, money can be a powerful incentive but it all comes down to what the coach really wants: control over a team and the challenge / satisfaction that comes with it. Maybe I'm wrong and Kubiak wants to be in an OC capacity but that's not the way most of these guys are wired. They're competitors, they love the challenge, and they love battling at the highest levels.
Edited by berad, 08 August 2014 - 01:08 PM.