Now that former Baltimore offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell as taken the job at Detroit, the Ravens will look for the their third OC in 13 months. Let’s take a look at some options on the table?
The first and arguably most logical choice is to promote current wide receivers coach Jim Hostler. He’s regarded as the top in-house candidate and has been with the team for six seasons. He’s likely the favorite given his familiarity with the offense and Harbaugh’s entire system, and played key roles in the development of current receivers.
There’s talk that Cleveland Browns OC Norv Turner could be the team’s first reach choice. Turner is considered one of the best offensive minds of his generation and is probably the most experienced surefire candidate.
“He was a bad head coach but he’s been a great offensive coordinator,” said ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley. “I believe Turner makes the most sense because he can make the biggest impact on Joe Flacco.”
The caveat with Turner is that he is still under contract with the Browns. It’s likely the new coach lets Turner go in order to find his own guy but the Browns search could go on for a few more weeks if the team waits for the playoffs to end.
Hensley also suggests former Browns head coach Rob Chudzinksi and former Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak could be viable options.
Other possible candidates could be former Washington Redskins OC Kyle Shanahan, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers OC Mike Sullivan, Oakland Raiders Senior Offensive Assistant Al Saunders, and former Ravens quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn.
In related news, it’s pretty clear head coach John Harbaugh won’t be calling plays on the offensive side of the ball. That’s not necessarily a new fact but it’s still a good structural sign for whomever steps in at OC.