Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Wake-up caw: Crossing off names already
By Jamison Hensley
I'm not sure you can say the Baltimore Ravens' search for a new offensive coordinator has even officially started, but there are two names you can already scratch off the prospective candidate list.
Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo has been hired as the offensive coordinator for the New York Giants, and Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor is going to take the offensive coordinator position with the Detroit Lions. The Ravens had requested permission to talk to McAdoo before he reached an agreement with the Giants.
This has shortened the prospective coordinator list that a lot of the media outlets covering the Ravens had put together. Here's my shameless plug for the post where I assess the names being circulated and the piece where I explain why Norv Turner is the best candidate.
Here's the rest of your wake-up caw ...
- Jim Caldwell is expected to hire Ravens secondary coach Teryl Austin as his defensive coordinator in Detroit, according to The Baltimore Sun. He could also bring offensive line coach Andy Moeller (the Ravens have already named Juan Castillo their offensive line coach) and former Ravens running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery with him to Detroit.
- A potential name to watch for the Ravens' offensive coordinator position is is Auburn's Rhett Lashlee, according to Gerry Sandusky, a local television broadcaster and the play-by-play announcer on the Ravens' radio broadcasts. In one season as the offensive coordinator at Auburn, Lashlee helped turn around the 118th-ranked offense in 2012 to the No. 11 one last season. Head coach Gus Malzahn serves as the lead play-caller, but Lashlee handles the meetings and game-planning. This would be an outside-the-box hire. He's also 30 years old, which is two years older than quarterback Joe Flacco.
- Flacco will be on his third quarterback in a span of 13 months with Caldwell going to the Lions. “I enjoyed my time with Jim greatly,” Flacco told the team's official website. “He is a man that I will always respect as a football coach, leader and a friend. Through his calming influence and extensive knowledge of the game, he was an integral part of our success over the past few years. He will be missed by me and the Ravens. I wish him the best of luck in Detroit.”
- The new offensive coordinator, whoever that might be, needs to get the most out of Flacco's strong arm, according to The Baltimore Sun's Matt Vensel. "Yes, the erratic deep passing game can be frustrating -- and it was for much of this season, when Flacco wasn’t clicking with his receivers -- but it fits his skill set best," Vensel wrote.
- In belated news, kicker Justin Tucker was named to the Pro Football Writers' All-NFL team. If you're not keeping track at home, Tucker was named to the Pro Bowl and All-Pro teams as well as being recognized as the team Most Valuable Player by reporters who cover the Ravens.