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Hostler leaving Ravens to become senior offensive assistant for Bills

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Hostler leaving Ravens to become senior offensive assistant for Bills

Posted on 29 January 2014 by WNST Staff

BILLS TEAM RELEASE

Jim Hostler has been named the Buffalo Bills senior offensive assistant.

Hostler comes to Buffalo with 15 years of NFL coaching experience, including the past six seasons as the Baltimore Ravens’ wide receivers coach. During his time with the Ravens, Hostler oversaw a receiving corps that played an integral role in the team’s 2012 Super Bowl championship. During the 2012 campaign, the Ravens’ wideouts finished second in franchise history for most receiving yards during a single season with 3,996.

Under Hostler’s tutelage, Ravens’ WR Torrey Smith emerged as one of the game’s top wideouts. Since entering the NFL in 2011, Smith ranks among the top 10 of AFC receivers in yards per catch (4th-17.2), touchdown receptions (6th-19) and receiving yards (8th-2,842).

In addition to Smith, Hostler helped WR Anquan Boldin make an immediate impact on the Ravens’ offense upon his arrival following a trade from Arizona. During his three seasons (2010-12) with Baltimore, Boldin led the Ravens in receptions (186), receiving yards (2,645), receiving yards per game (58.8) and first down receptions (132).

Hostler joined the Ravens in 2008 after spending three seasons (2005-07) with the San Francisco 49ers, serving as offensive coordinator in his final year (2007). During his time with the 49ers, Hostler played an important role in tutoring 2005 No. 1 overall pick QB Alex Smith.

During coaching stints with the New York Jets (2003-04) and the New Orleans Saints (2001-02), Hostler helped develop players like Santana Moss, Wayne Chrebet, Justin McCareins and Donte’ Stallworth.

A native of Bethel Park, PA, Hostler entered the NFL in 2000 with the Kansas City Chiefs as an offensive assistant/quality control coach after spending 10 years coaching collegiately at his alma mater Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Juniata College.

NFL
Buffalo Bills 2014 Senior Offensive Assistant
Baltimore Ravens 2008-13 Wide Receivers
San Francisco 49ers 2007 Offensive Coordinator
San Francisco 49ers 2005-06 Quarterbacks
New York Jets 2003-04 Wide Receivers/Quarterbacks
New Orleans Saints 2001-02 Asst. Wide Receivers/ Offensive Asst./Quality Control
Kansas City Chiefs 2000 Offensive Assistant/Quality Control

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IUP 1994-99 Offensive Coordinator/QBs/LBs/RBs
Juniata College 1993 Offensive Coordinator
IUP 1990-92 Running Backs

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Ravens add new candidate to offensive coordinator search?

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Ravens add new candidate to offensive coordinator search?

Posted on 27 January 2014 by Luke Jones

Seemingly on the verge of making a decision on their next offensive coordinator, the Ravens have apparently added another name to the mix.

According to The Sun, head coach John Harbaugh and the Ravens spent Sunday interviewing an undisclosed candidate who remains in contention with wide receivers coach Jim Hostler and former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan for the job. Harbaugh has spoken to former Houston Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison in recent days, but it remains uncertain whether the 55-year-old has formally interviewed for the position.

After eliminating Pittsburgh Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson from consideration over the weekend, the Ravens appeared to be on the verge of announcing who would succeed Jim Caldwell after the former coordinator took the head coaching job with the Detroit Lions earlier this month. However, Dennison’s appearance on the radar screen could complicate the timetable for a decision.

The Ravens are also looking to hire a quarterbacks coach, a running backs coach, and a secondary coach.

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Ravens narrow search to two for offensive coordinator job

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Ravens narrow search to two for offensive coordinator job

Posted on 25 January 2014 by Luke Jones

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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Ravens grant second interviews to Wilson, Shanahan for coordinator job

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Ravens grant second interviews to Wilson, Shanahan for coordinator job

Posted on 23 January 2014 by Luke Jones

Making a good impression with head coach John Harbaugh upon interviewing for the Ravens’ vacant offensive coordinator job on Wednesday, Pittsburgh Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson will meet with team officials for a second interview.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the 52-year-old is scheduled to meet with the Ravens in Owings Mills on Friday, a development that certainly bodes well for his candidacy. With general manager Ozzie Newsome and assistant general manager Eric DeCosta among the team executives in Mobile, Ala. for the Senior Bowl this week, the second interview would presumably allow them to meet and help evaluate Wilson as the potential choice to replace Jim Caldwell.

The Ravens are also scheduled to meet with current wide receivers coach Jim Hostler and former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan for second interviews, per a report from The Sun.

It remains unknown whether former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan will receive a second interview as he was the other candidate who was confirmed by Harbaugh earlier this week.

Of the four known candidates, Wilson is the only one without NFL experience as an offensive coordinator, but he has spent the last seven years with the Steelers and was considered the favorite to become their coordinator in 2012 before he was seriously injured in a house fire. Wilson carries 16 years of NFL coaching experience on his resume and reportedly handled increased duties late last season as Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Todd Haley came under fire.

The Ravens haven’t specified a clear timetable for when they’d like to have their new offensive coordinator in place, but Harbaugh told the team’s official website earlier in the week that he’d like to wrap up the process shortly with the search now in the midst of its second week.

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Not dynamic choice, but Hostler could be happy medium for Ravens

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Not dynamic choice, but Hostler could be happy medium for Ravens

Posted on 22 January 2014 by Luke Jones

Jim Hostler wouldn’t be the dynamic choice as the Ravens’ new offensive coordinator, but it shouldn’t be surprising if John Harbaugh selects his wide receivers coach for the job.

The Baltimore head coach hasn’t hired an outsider for a coordinator position since Cam Cameron was chosen to run the offense in 2008. Often criticized for preferring familiarity with his hires — a common practice found across the NFL — Harbaugh has promoted from within whenever possible.

Even if Hostler wouldn’t be your first choice as the new offensive coordinator, that doesn’t mean he’s the wrong one, either. The truth is there isn’t just one right man for the job as any number of candidates could be a good fit or the wrong decision depending on a number of variables yet to be determined. You can find faults with any candidate out there, and there’s no telling how any outsider will fit within the framework of Harbaugh’s staff and connect with quarterback Joe Flacco and the other players already on the roster.

After the Ravens finished the 2013 season ranked 29th in total offense and set franchise-worst marks in the running game, there’s a natural tendency to want to blow everything up and start fresh. The desire for a new mind and voice is a legitimate one, whether the Ravens agree with the sentiment or once again lean toward continuity.

But as was the case when observers debated whether Jim Caldwell should be retained as offensive coordinator prior to his departure to become the head coach of the Detroit Lions, it’s important to remember where the Ravens were a year ago at this time as they prepared for a trip to New Orleans and Super Bowl XLVII. For all the criticism of Caldwell and the lack of enthusiasm for Hostler’s candidacy based on the results of 2013, the pair’s work in the 2012 postseason shouldn’t be dismissed or ignored.

Caldwell has credited Hostler on countless occasions for his help in preparing game plans after the former took over for Cameron late in the 2012 season, and the wide receivers coach relayed Caldwell’s calls from the upstairs booth to Joe Flacco’s helmet on game days. Of all the problems that plagued the Ravens offense this past season, Caldwell and Hostler didn’t suddenly become fools in the offseason after directing one of the best stretches of offensive football in franchise history last January and February.

Harbaugh has already stated that he and his coaching staff are as accountable as anyone for the offensive struggles that led to an 8-8 season, but general manager Ozzie Newsome has already pledged personnel changes. With the decision to retain run-game coordinator Juan Castillo under the official title of offensive line coach in 2014, the Ravens told you everything you need to know in regards to their view of the main problem that plagued the offense this past season.

Even with the shortcomings of the coaching staff, the personnel was the Ravens’ biggest issue in 2013 as the offensive line underperformed and was undersized, the passing game floundered without Anquan Boldin and Dennis Pitta, and the running game was abysmal with Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce having career-worst seasons. Not even the ghost of Vince Lombardi could have overcome the issues up front and overall lack of playmakers to make the Ravens a productive offense.

With the proper personnel upgrades and the addition of a quarterbacks coach to work with Flacco — something Harbaugh now appears committed to — Hostler might be an appropriate compromise for a revamped offense in 2014. Newsome has vowed to add bulk to the interior offensive line as well as an impact wide receiver, changes that could help Hostler recapture what the offense was able to do late in the 2012 season.

Yes, his track record in his lone year as the offensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers in 2007 reeks of failure — ranking 32nd in the league in yards and points scored — but Hostler was also forced to lean on the quarterbacking quartet of Trent Dilfer, Alex Smith, Shaun Hill, and Chris Weinke. And despite criticism from 49ers running back Frank Gore about his play-calling, Hostler’s leading receivers were Arnaz Battle and an inexperienced Vernon Davis, not exactly weapons that are going to make opposing defenses shift focus away from the running game.

The San Francisco offense wasn’t very good before (26th in 2006) or after (23rd in 2008) Hostler served as coordinator, and that was more than six years ago as most of us wouldn’t want to be judged permanently over what we did years ago in our respective professions. Hostler has been praised by the likes of Boldin, Derrick Mason, Torrey Smith, and Marlon Brown for the work he’s done with the wide receivers over the last six years.

Detractors will fairly ask why Harbaugh initially passed on Hostler in favor of Caldwell — a man without any experience as an offensive coordinator at the time — if the receivers coach is such a good choice for the job now, but it’s safe to say Chuck Pagano turned out to be a great fit for the defensive coordinator job in 2011 despite Greg Mattison being chosen as the successor to Rex Ryan two years earlier.

The truth is we really don’t know how well Hostler — or anyone else — would fit as the Ravens offensive coordinator in 2014 and beyond until we see what improvements are made on the personnel front. The 47-year-old has seen the entire offensive road map of the Harbaugh era, witnessing what worked and what didn’t under Cameron and Caldwell and presumably learning from their mistakes in the way anyone observes his superiors and makes mental notes of what he might do differently if given the chance.

Hostler hasn’t had his chance to run the show and leave his imprint on the Baltimore offense.

And with an offseason likely to bring a number of other changes on the offensive side of the ball, some continuity within the coaching ranks might not be a bad thing.

Even if Hostler isn’t the exciting choice by any means.

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Steelers assistant Wilson joins list of Ravens’ offensive coordinator candidates

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Steelers assistant Wilson joins list of Ravens’ offensive coordinator candidates

Posted on 21 January 2014 by 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.

 

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Ravens’ offensive coordinator search could pick up at Senior Bowl

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Ravens’ offensive coordinator search could pick up at Senior Bowl

Posted on 18 January 2014 by Luke Jones

The Ravens have largely kept the outside world in the dark in regards to their ongoing search for a new offensive coordinator, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been busy trying to find Jim Caldwell’s replacement.

Despite former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan being the only known candidate to already interview for the job — wide receivers coach Jim Hostler will also interview at some point — the sense offered from the Ravens is that they’ve already spoken to several candidates about the position. On Friday, head coach John Harbaugh flew to Ohio for the funeral of his grandfather, Joe Cipiti, but the interview process could pick up next week if a hire isn’t made over the weekend.

As the front office and coaching staff travels to Mobile, Ala. for the Senior Bowl, the main focus will be evaluating a talented batch of NFL draft prospects, but the Ravens could also conduct more interviews there.

“That, historically, is like a coaching convention,” senior vice president of public and community relations Kevin Byrne said to the team’s official site on Thursday. “Everybody who has a job or wants to have a job in the NFL goes to the Senior Bowl. If John continues [interviewing] into next week, it might be easier even.”

The Ravens appear to be in no rush to fill the position as they understand a high-profile job with one of the best organizations in the NFL is coveted by many assistants around the league. Despite finishing 29th in total offense last season, Baltimore has a 29-year-old franchise quarterback locked into a long-term contract and a reputation as a place where assistants have been able to thrive and eventually secure head-coaching opportunities of their own.

High-profile names such as former Texans head coach Gary Kubiak and former Cleveland head coach Rob Chudzinski are out there, but the Ravens appear willing to at least explore the possibility of a young up-and-coming candidate such as the 34-year-old Shanahan or former Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo, who was reportedly on the Ravens’ list of candidates to interview before he accepted the New York Giants’ offensive coordinator job earlier in the week.

Harbaugh isn’t necessarily looking for the biggest name as much as he seeks the right one for the job of breathing new life into an offensive attack that struggled mightily in 2013.

“We will have a coach that best fits what we want to be, where we want to go, and understands what Ravens football is all about,” Harbaugh said in a team statement following Caldwell’s departure. “I have a profile in mind, and we are excited about the coaches who have shown interest in the job.”

In addition to their offensive coordinator position, the Ravens have openings at running backs coach, quarterbacks coach, and secondary coach to fill.

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Mason endorses receivers coach Hostler as next Offensive Coordinator

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Mason endorses receivers coach Hostler as next Offensive Coordinator

Posted on 18 January 2014 by WNST Audio

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Here’s your chance to watch basketball with me at the new SECU Arena

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Here’s your chance to watch basketball with me at the new SECU Arena

Posted on 16 January 2014 by Drew Forrester

I have to admit this: when the Ravens do something like initiate a search for an offensive coordinator, it benefits me and the rest of the professionals at WNST.

First, it gives us talk-radio fodder, which comes in particularly handy this time around because the Ravens are not playing football in this playoff campaign.

Next, it provides me and the others here a chance to gauge the temperature and sports-intelligence-level of our customer, either the listener or reader in WNST’s case.

It also allows for us to absorb what other members of the media in town are saying about the topic at hand.  What sort of “take” do they offer?  Is it knee-jerk and silly or well thought out and reasoned?

This offensive coordinator search has revealed an embarrassment of riches when it comes to all of those elements I listed above.

Unfortunately, the word “embarrassment” is more appropriate than I might have first realized.

It doesn’t matter to me what your position is with regard to the Ravens current search for a new offensive mind.  You are all welcome to your own opinion with regard to what candidate makes the most sense and which one should be disregarded.

Here, though, is the one incredibly DUMB thing I’m hearing and reading — from a lot of you — about any of the candidates.  And here’s where I’ll add that I heard at least two other local sports radio personalities author this exact same thought, so they’re just as dumb. Actually, they’re worse — more dumber (they used the word “dumber” in a movie title, I assume it’s a word) if you will — because they’re supposedly professional.

“Well, they better not hire Jim Hostler…have you seen his track record as an offensive coordinator?  He sucks.”

“Kyle Shanahan?  That guy just got fired in DC.  He couldn’t get along with RGIII, how’s he gonna work with Flacco?”

“Just say no to Childress.  He’s friends with Harbaugh.”

Dumb.  Dumber.  And more dumb.

Jim Hostler was the Offensive Coordinator in 2007 in San Francisco.  It was a brief, one-year tenure.  It didn’t go well.  The team out there, by the way, was going through a stretch of finishing .500 or worse over eight straight seasons.

Seven seasons ago Jim Hostler was the Offensive Coordinator of the 49′ers and he failed.  So, should that immediately disqualify him for this Ravens’ opening?  Really, should it?  You mean, in his six years in Baltimore, he hasn’t learned?  Hasn’t improved?  Hasn’t, perhaps, figured out a better way?  I’m not campaigning for Hostler in any way, shape or form.  I’m on record saying I think there are more qualified candidates than him.  That said, the one thing I won’t say is — “well, he can’t do the job, did you see what he did in San Francisco?”

If you sell tape recorders for The Smith Company in 2010 and fail miserably, does that mean you’re incapable of selling tape recorders for The Jones Company in 2016 when there’s an opening there?  What if during that six year span you had a better sales manager who taught you a lot while you were working for The Brown Company?  You failed in 2010.  Does that just mean you’re going to fail again in 2016?  Of course not.

That’s what you all have done in Baltimore with regard to Jim Hostler.

“He sucked in 2007 so he’s gonna suck for us, now.”

Not necessarily.

Maybe he’ll have better players at his disposal in Baltimore in 2014.  That would help.

I was the golf coach at John Carroll in Bel Air in 2011 and 2012.  We played sixteen MIAA matches in that span.  The team went 0-16.  We were shut out in 7 of the 16 matches.  Last year, I was hired by Calvert Hall and we won the MIAA golf championship for the first time since 1997.  Thank God the people at Calvert Hall didn’t say, “Have you seen what Drew did over at John Carroll?  They didn’t win a match.  We can’t hire that loser.”

If you want to point to Jim Hostler’s work in Baltimore over the last six seasons and question what role he’s played in the development of the team’s receivers, I think that’s VERY fair.  So would he, I assume.  But to harp on and on and on and on about one season in San Francisco back in 2007 is just dumb.  Sorry if that hurts.  But it’s dumb.

By the way, Bill Belichick was 36-44 in Cleveland in the 1990′s.  Look at HIS record in New England.

Tony Dungy fired and fell back in Tampa Bay in the early part of last decade.  Some good, some bad.  He turned out to be a champion and, most likely, a Hall of Famer.

People in sports get fired all the time.  It doesn’t make them a guaranteed failure down the road.

I’m glad we’re smart enough to pass that along to you.

I hope you listen.

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We all know the football team has experienced a glorious turn around over the last five seasons under Rob Ambrose, but are you aware that the men’s basketball program has also been rebuilt from a 1-win team in 2011-2012 to a legitimate CAA title contender in this, his 3rd season at the school?

It’s true.

Towson basketball has experienced a great rebirth and this year, they’re spending their first ever campaign in the brand new SECU Arena, located a stone’s throw from their outstanding football stadium.

Here’s where WNST comes in.

I’m taking eight of you – plus a guest you bring – to next Wednesday night’s home game against Northeastern at SECU Arena.  You’ll attend the game for free, sit in the SECU luxury box with me and the other WNST winners, and have food and drink supplied for free by the fine folks from SECU.  We even some courtside seats you can all share throughout the game.

What’s the catch, Drew?  Is that what you’re asking?

There isn’t one.

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How do you win the tickets?

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Go to Twitter today from 6am to 5pm and tweet the words “See You At SECU” to us @WNST and you might, actually, see ME at SECU Arena next Wednesday night!

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Examining possible offensive coordinator candidates for Ravens

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Examining possible offensive coordinator candidates for Ravens

Posted on 14 January 2014 by Luke Jones

With Tuesday’s news of offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell accepting the head coaching position with the Detroit Lions, the Ravens must now seek a new leader for an offense already expected to undergo significant change this offseason.

Unlike the last time the Ravens were in this position following the dismissal of Cam Cameron on Dec. 10, 2012, there doesn’t appear to be an obvious in-house replacement in mind in the same way that they promoted Caldwell from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator. Wide receivers coach Jim Hostler served as the offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers in 2007, but the organization is expected to at least seriously explore outside options in an effort to breathe new life into an offense that finished 29th in total yards and 25th in points scored in 2013.

In addition to finding a new running backs coach following the news earlier this month that Wilbert Montgomery would not be returning, head coach John Harbaugh and the Ravens will likely need to find a new secondary coach as Teryl Austin is expected to join Caldwell in Detroit as his new defensive coordinator.

Here is a preliminary list of some candidates as the Ravens begin their search for a third offensive coordinator in the last 13 months:

Jim Hostler, Ravens wide receivers coach
Skinny: The only internal candidate with experience as an offensive coordinator, Hostler is well-respected within the organization, but he doesn’t appear to have a great chance to be promoted since the Ravens passed on him in favor of Caldwell, who had never been an offensive coordinator prior to taking over the duties late in the 2012 season. His lone year as a coordinator in San Francisco was regarded as disastrous with the 49ers finishing last in the NFL in total yards and points scored before he was fired.

Rob Chudzinkski, former Browns head coach
Skinny: Regardless of what really happened in the 45-year-old’s lone season as the Cleveland head coach, Chudzinski’s work as the offensive coordinator in Carolina and in Cleveland before that was highly respected, making it likely that he won’t remain unemployed for long. As for any reservations in hiring someone who was so recently dismissed as a head coach, both Cameron and Caldwell were hired only weeks after being fired from a previous head coaching gig.

Brad Childress, Chiefs spread game analyst
Skinny: The former Vikings head coach has ties with Harbaugh dating back to their days together in Philadelphia, which makes him someone worth keeping an eye on in the search. Childress hasn’t found much success in recent years as a head coach or as an offensive coordinator — he was fired after one season in Cleveland in 2012 –but a 40-year-old Brett Favre had one of the best seasons of his career working with Childress in 2009, cementing the coach’s strong reputation with quarterbacks.

Norv Turner, Browns offensive coordinator
Skinny: Respected as one of the great offensive minds of this generation, the 61-year-old Turner remains under contract with Cleveland but would be an excellent candidate if made available once the Browns hire a new coach. His track record as an NFL head coach is underwhelming, but he’s worked with great quarterbacks such as Troy Aikman and Philip Rivers in the past and would be viewed as a major asset for Joe Flacco in trying to revitalize the offense.

Gary Kubiak, former Texans head coach
Skinny: The 52-year-old spent eight years in Houston before being fired in December, making one wonder if he might choose to take a year off from coaching even though he interviewed for Detroit’s head coaching vacancy earlier this month. He had a sterling reputation working as Mike Shanahan’s right-hand man and offensive coordinator in Denver for a decade and is still viewed as a talented offensive mind if he’s interested in being a coordinator again.

 

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