Wake-up caw: Ravens meet with a rival

January, 22, 2014
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The Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator search takes them across enemy lines.

The Ravens are scheduled to interview Pittsburgh Steelers running back Kirby Wilson on Wednesday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Wilson was one of four candidates named by coach John Harbaugh.

Why would the Steelers give permission for a coach to talk to their division rival? My colleague Scott Brown, who covers the Steelers for ESPN.com, believes coach Mike Tomlin doesn't want to block a promotion for Wilson given how loyal he's been and how he battled back from injuries suffered in a house fire.

Here's the rest of your wake-up caw ...
  • The Ravens' ghost loomed over the AFC Championship Game, according to John Eisenberg of the team's official website. "The AFC title game pitted a pair of teams Baltimore knocked off on the way to winning the Super Bowl last year," Eisenberg wrote. "The Denver Broncos, in particular, were fueled throughout 2013 by their determination to right what went wrong when the 'Mile High Miracle' denied them a Super Bowl trip they felt was coming."
  • If the Ravens hire former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, who interviewed for the offensive coordinator job Monday, The Baltimore Sun's Matt Vensel thinks Joe Flacco had better get his arm loose. "No quarterback has thrown more passes since 2011 than Matthew Stafford, who has chucked up 2,024 of them in the past three seasons," Vensel wrote. "Stafford twice led the league in pass attempts, including an all-time single-season high of 727 last season."
  • Clifton Brown, of Comcast SportsNet, names some offensive line who could impress the Ravens at the Senior Bowl: guard-tackle Joel Bitonio (Nevada), tackle Seantrel Henderson (Miami), guard-tackle Zack Martin (Notre Dame), guard Cyril Richardson (Baylor) and center Bryan Stork (Florida State).

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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