Steelers assistant Wilson joins list of Ravens’ offensive coordinator candidates

January 21, 2014 | Luke Jones

As the search for their next offensive coordinator enters its second week, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh has finally named four candidates to replace Jim Caldwell.

In addition to already conducting interviews with wide receivers coach Jim Hostler, former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, and former Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan — three names who had previously been reported — the Ravens plan to interview Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson for the opening. The 52-year-old Wilson has spent the last seven seasons with Pittsburgh and carries 16 years of NFL coaching experience.

Wilson gained league-wide attention two years ago when he sustained burns on more than 45 percent of his body and smoke inhalation from a fire at his Pittsburgh townhouse.

Of the four known candidates to receive interviews, Wilson is the only one without experience as an NFL coordinator, but the Pittsburgh assistant is respected around the league after previously spending time with Arizona, Tampa Bay, Washington, and New England.

According to the Ravens’ official website, Harbaugh has interviewed other candidates for the offensive coordinator job, including coaches from the collegiate ranks. The head coach has also spoken to candidates about the vacant quarterbacks coach position that was handled by Caldwell before he departed to become the new head coach of the Detroit Lions last week.

Though it was rumored that Saints quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi could be a candidate for the Ravens’ coordinator position, he will instead become Caldwell’s new offensive coordinator in Detroit.

There is still no firm timetable for a final decision, but Harbaugh does not want the process to take much longer.


3 Comments For This Post

  1. joe of bel air Says:

    Man, I can’t say I am overwhelmed with any of the 4 named candidates. I was hoping we would get a shot at McAdoo or Lombardi but we were beaten to the punch for both. As for Kirby Wilson, if he was such a strong candidate, why didn’t Tomlin name him his OC when Bruce Ariens left instead of Todd Haley?

  2. Kolo Jezdec Says:

    Kirby was likely the top candidate for the OC job, but the tragic fire and resulting injuries stalled that. Word was that the Steelers were willing to keep the job open until Kirby recovered,but Kirby declined that offer so he could concentrate on his health.

    BTW, the last Steelers assistant coach that the Ravens hired as a coordinator worked out pretty well for the Ravens. Ravens fans may remember the guy, name of Marvin Lewis.

    (L.J. — Good points, no doubt.)

  3. joe of bel air Says:

    I think these interviews are just a dog and pony show. Don’t kid youself, this is Hostler’s job to lose. I believe Harbs knew all along that Hostler was the one. He had to go through the motions of interviewing other candidates but I truly don’t believe he had any intentions of selecting anyone other than Hostler.

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