Hostler move could mean more Texans East

Jim Hostler, the Baltimore Ravens' wide receivers coach for the past six seasons, joined the Buffalo Bills as their senior offensive assistant.

That means one more coach from John Harbaugh's first Ravens staff is gone and one more coach from the Houston Texans may be on his way. The Ravens' coaching staff, at least on the offensive side, could turn into the Texans East. It makes sense because offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, who was the Texans' head coach for the past eight seasons, should bring in the coaches who are most familiar with his system.

The Ravens' last two openings on their staff could be filled by two former Texans coaches: Larry Kirksey (wide receivers) and Chick Harris (running backs). Two assistants from last year's Texans team, quarterbacks coach Rick Dennison and tight ends coach Brian Pariani, were hired this week by the Ravens.

With Hostler gone, there are only four coaches who remain from Harbaugh's 2008 staff: Jerry Rosburg (special teams), Clarence Brooks (defensive line), Craig Ver Steeg (offensive assistant) and Andy Moeller (former offensive line coach). And Moeller isn't expected to return, so that number could go down further.

Hostler went to the Bills after being turned down for the Ravens' offensive coordinator job. He was reportedly one of two finalists for the job before Kubiak emerged as the favorite late in the search.