The Baltimore Ravens officially kicked off their search for offensive coordinator Wednesday, and here is a recap of what's being reported:
Kyle Shanahan, the former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator, interviewed with the Ravens on Wednesday, which was first reported by the NFL Network. This is just me thinking out loud, but I wonder if a runner-up to the offensive coordinator job becomes the quarterbacks coach and the coordinator-in-waiting.
The Ravens have yet to request permission to interview Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner, according to CBS Sports. The Minnesota Vikings have requested and received permission to meet with Turner, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported.
If one of the criteria for a coordinator is having a comfort level with Flacco, two names to watch are Jim Zorn and Al Saunders, according to CBS Sports. Zorn, who is out of football right now, is the intriguing candidate. He really clicked with Flacco when he was the Ravens' quarterbacks coach in 2010 but had philosophical differences with then-offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.
Here's the rest of your wake-up caw:
Clifton Brown, of Comcast SportsNet, believes the new offensive coordinator must click with the franchise quarterback. "It is difficult to determine which candidate would likely work best with Flacco and his skill set," Brown wrote. "Flacco has one of the NFL’s best arms, likes to throw deep, likes the no-huddle, and has improved his ability to extend plays in the pocket. He is not the league’s most accurate passer, and his consistency from week to week needs to improve."
Matt Vensel, of The Baltimore Sun, gives another perspective on the Ravens trading Anquan Boldin. "[W]hat Boldin has done this season is proof that even some of the best talent evaluators in the business can miscalculate sometimes," Vensel wrote. "The trade was more of a financial decision, but Boldin has shown that he would have been worth every penny and that there is a decent chance the Ravens let him go more than just a year too early."
For those wondering, running back Cierre Wood officially reached an agreement with the Ravens after problems with his first contract. The team's official website announced the signing. Wood spent the first two months of last season with the Houston Texans before joining the New England Patriots' practice squad.