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Coaching Search Rumor Mill

Posted Jan 27, 2014

Updates on the Ravens' process of finding a new offensive coordinator.

Monday, Jan. 27

Kubiak To Be Offensive Coordinator
Multiple outlets are reporting that the Ravens will announce former Houston Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak as their new offensive coordinator during Monday’s 3 p.m. press conference. Former Texans assistant Rick Dennison is also expected to join the staff as the quarterbacks coach, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Former Texans Head Coach Kubiak Emerges As Favorite
Former Houston Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak has emerged as the favorite for the offensive coordinator job, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. In addition to bringing in Kubiak as the play caller, the Ravens are also reportedly trying to add Rick Dennison and Kyle Shanahan to the offensive staff. Shanahan has also interviewed for the offensive coordinator job and Dennison met with Head Coach John Harbaugh over the weekend.

Former Texans Coach Talks With Harbaugh
A new name has emerged in the offensive coordinator search, as Head Coach John Harbaugh has spoken with former Houston Texans Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison, according to The Baltimore Sun.  It’s unknown if Harbaugh conducted a formal interview with him. Dennison was the offensive coordinator in Houston from 2010-2013, and was also the Denver Broncos offensive coordinator from 2006-2008. Dennison is known for his zone-blocking schemes, which he ran with All Pro running back Arian Foster.

Sunday, Jan. 26

Harbaugh Interviewing Another Candidate
The search for an offensive coordinator is not over yet, and The Baltimore Sun reported that Head Coach John Harbaugh is interviewing “at least one more” candidate Sunday night at the Under Armour Performance Center. The final two candidates were considered to be Wide Receivers Coach Jim Hostler and former Redskins Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan, but now an unknown third candidate is in the mix. Former Pittsburgh Steelers Running Backs Coach Kirby Wilson also interviewed for the job, but the Ravens reportedly told him they were going a different direction and he is reportedly going to join Mike Zimmer’s staff in Minnesota.

Saturday, Jan. 25

Wilson Does Not Get The Job
Pittsburgh Steelers Running Backs coach Kirby Wilson has not been selected for the offensive coordinator job, according to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun. The Ravens are "expected to go with one of the other finalists," Wilson reported. The other known candidates for the job are former Redskins Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan and current Ravens Wide Receivers Coach Jim Hostler. Former Detroit Lions Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan was also identified by Head Coach John Harbaugh as a candidate, but he reportedly did not get a second interview.

Wilson Calls Interview 'Excellent'
Pittsburgh Steelers Running Backs coach Kirby Wilson reportedly went through two rounds of interviews for the offensive coordinator job, and he described the process as "excellent" to The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson. "It went really well," Wilson said. "It was very informative. They gave me a chance to present what I'm about and what I believe in and I heard what direction they want to go in and what they believe in. I was happy with the visit. I gave it my best shot."

Thursday, Jan. 23

Hostler Interviews Again
Wide Receivers Coach Jim Hostler also had a second interview for the offensive coordinator job, according to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun. Hostler interviewed for the position earlier in the week, and then went to Mobile, Ala., with other members of the coaching staff to scout prospects at the Senior Bowl. Hostler has been identified by Harbaugh as a candidate for the job.

No Second Interview For Linehan Scheduled
While the Ravens are reportedly interviewing Kyle Shanahan and Kirby Wilson a second time for the offensive coordinator opening, the team does not have a second meeting scheduled with former Lions Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan, according to The Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson. Linehan already interviewed and has been identified by Harbaugh as a candidate.

Shanhan Has Second Interview
Former Washington Redskins Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan is interviewing again for the Ravens’ open OC job, according to The Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson. Shanahan interviewed for the job last week and was identified by Head Coach John Harbaugh as one of the candidates he’s considering for the job. 

Wilson Has Second Interview
The Ravens have already interviewed Pittsburgh Steelers Running Backs Coach Kirby Wilson for the open offensive coordinator position, and Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported Thursday that he now has a second interview scheduled.  The Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson reported that the first interview went “very well” and that the second meeting is scheduled to take place Friday.  

Thursday, Jan. 16

Ravens May Keep Moeller
The Ravens may hang on to Offensive Line Coach Andy Moeller, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer. Offensive Line Coach Jeremiah Washburn is expected to be retained on Jim Caldwell's staff.

Austin Has 'Done Deal' In Detroit
Ravens Secondary Coach Teryl Austin has agreed to be the next defensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions, joining Jim Caldwell's staff, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Austin and Caldwell worked together in Baltimore for two seasons and in Wake Forest in the early '90s.

Vikings ‘Hammering Out A Deal’ With Turner
One of pundits’ top candidates for the Ravens looks like he’s off the market. The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Vikings are “hammering out a deal” with the former Cleveland Browns Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner, and he will join new Head Coach Mike Zimmer’s staff.

Wednesday, Jan. 15

Ravens Interview Kyle Shanahan
Baltimore interviewed former Redskins Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan on Wednesday, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Shanahan led a top-5 offense in 2012 in Washington, and before that had two Texans offenses finish in the top 5.

Ravens Haven’t Requested Permission To Interview Turner
Norv Turner is still the offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns. While the Minnesota requested, and were granted permission to interview him, the Ravens have not put in a request, according to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora.

Tuesday, Jan. 14

Potential Ravens Candidates
Jamison Hensley of ESPN compiled potential offensive coordinators for the Ravens, including Brad Childress, Rob Chudzinski, Gary Kubiak, Mike Sullivan and more.

Zorn And Saunders Options?
Could the Ravens go with a familiar face? Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com believes former coordinator and Redskins Head Coach Jim Zorn "could make sense" for the Ravens because he also was Joe Flacco's quarterbacks coach in 2010. The two worked well together. La Canfora also believes Al Saunders "would make sense" because he also worked as a consultant in Baltimore in 2009 and 2010 before becoming the Oakland Raiders' offensive coordinator in 2011.

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