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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The foot injury that sidelined defensive tackle Brandon Williams for the first three games hurt the rookie's transition from Division II to the NFL. “Obviously the foot injury set me back a little bit, but I thought I came back to play pretty well,” Williams told the team's official website. “I felt pretty good. I feel like I definitely progressed.”
The Ravens' Jimmy Smith was one of 21 cornerbacks taken before Richard Sherman, the Seattle Seahawks' outspoken and talented cornerback, in the 2011 draft. As Comcast SportsNet pointed out, Smith was the No. 27 overall pick, and Sherman was the 154th player selected.