Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Wake-up caw: Ravens interview Linehan
By Jamison Hensley
Scott Linehan, the former Detroit Lions' offensive coordinator, met with the Baltimore Ravens on Monday at the Senior Bowl about their offensive coordinator opening, The Baltimore Sun reported.
This is the second reported interview for the Ravens' offensive coordinator job. Former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan spoke with the Ravens last week.
Linehan, the Lions' offensive coordinator since 2009, guided the Detroit offense to a top-six ranking for the past three seasons. The Lions finished No. 6 in total yards (392.1) and 13th in points scored (24.7) last season with quarterback Matthew Stafford, wide receiver Calvin Johnson and running back Reggie Bush.
When the Lions fired head coach Jim Schwartz on Dec. 30, Linehan was one of two offensive assistants who was immediately let go. The Lions eventually hired Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell to be their head coach.
Linehan, 50, has coached in the NFL since 2002 and has nine years of offensive coordinator experience: Minnesota Vikings (2002-04), Miami Dolphins (2005) and Lions (2009-2013). He was the head coach in St. Louis, where he posted an 11-25 record from 2006-08 before being fired.
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