Ravens narrow search to two for offensive coordinator job

January 25, 2014 | Luke Jones

Ravens narrow search to two for offensive coordinator job

The Ravens appear to be on the verge of hiring their next offensive coordinator after narrowing the search to two finalists on Saturday.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson was informed Saturday that he would not receive the job vacated by Jim Caldwell, who accepted the head coaching position with the Detroit Lions on Jan. 14. This leaves Ravens wide receivers coach Jim Hostler and former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as the remaining finalists for the job.

It was later reported that Wilson would not be returning to Pittsburgh’s staff and will instead join the Minnesota Vikings under new head coach Mike Zimmer.

Shanahan and Hostler were each interviewed for a second time on Thursday while Wilson met with Ravens officials for a second interview on Friday. Former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan was confirmed as a candidate earlier in the week by head coach John Harbaugh but did not receive a second interview for the coordinator job.

The 34-year-old Shanahan carries more experience as an offensive coordinator after serving in that capacity for six seasons split between the Houston Texans and Washington. The son of two-time Super Bowl champion head coach Kyle Shanahan was considered to be on a fast track to his own head coaching job prior to the Redskins suffering a 3-13 season last year that resulted in both Shanahans losing their jobs.

Meanwhile, the 47-year-old Hostler served as the offensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers in 2007, a season in which they finished last in the NFL in both yards and points scored. After being fired by the 49ers, Hostler was hired by Harbaugh and has coached the Baltimore wide receivers for the last six seasons.

Following the firing of Cam Cameron and the promotion of Caldwell to offensive coordinator on Dec. 10, 2012, Hostler saw an increased role in helping to develop the offensive game plan as the Ravens marched to their second Super Bowl championship less than two months later. He was also responsible for relaying calls to quarterback Joe Flacco from the sideline as Caldwell worked from the upstairs booth during games.

In addition to their offensive coordinator open, the Ravens must fill vacancies at quarterbacks coach, running backs coach, and secondary coach.

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  1. Kolo Jezdec Says:

    Do you have a citation for that Post-Gazette story? I read the P-G online everyday and see nothing about that on their website as of 2 PM. The only thing I find is Aaron Wilson of the SUN quoting a ‘source’ that says Kirby Wilson is not getting the job, and several other web sites have reported Aaron Wilson’s reporting, but no credible source has been cited.

    (L.J. — It’s right here from Ed Bouchette: https://twitter.com/EdBouchette/status/427125825931341824)

  2. Kolo Jezdec Says:

    FYI – The P-G is now reporting that Kirby Wilson is going to the Vikings to be their running backs coach.

  3. The Armchair QB Says:

    Harbaugh will select the one he can….CONTROL! If experience and track record were important, he’d have selected someone else by now unless, of course, they didn’t want the job. Maybe it’s time for a new, “Pass Game Coordinator” to join the “Run Game Coordinator”!

  4. joe of bel air Says:

    The only way it will be Shanahan is if Ozzie and Bischotti forces Harbaugh to select him. It is a joke. How can Harbaugh justify Hostler compared to Linehan, Shanahan, and others who have a proven track record as an OC. The only justification for selecting Hostler would be continuity. However, who wants continuity when your offense was almost last in the league.

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