Wake-up caw: Harbaugh insulted by report

February, 3, 2014
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Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh is upset with a report the front office changed his mind on who to hire as the offensive coordinator.

“It’s definitely insulting; it’s really stupid,” Harbaugh told WNST, a local radio station in Baltimore. “It’s reflective of not knowing the facts. People who are putting it out there know darn well what they’re saying and they know it’s not true.”

Last week, after the Ravens hired Gary Kubiak as their offensive coordinator, The Baltimore Sun's Mike Preston reported that Harbaugh's first choice for coordinator was wide receivers coach Jim Hostler. Preston then insinuated that general manager Ozzie Newsome and owner Steve Bisciotti twisted Harbaugh's arm to change directions and go with Kubiak.

What has spurred speculation is the reported timeline of the search. Harbaugh gave a list of four candidates during the interview process, and Kubiak wasn't mentioned. There were reports that Hostler and Kyle Shanahan were two finalists, but that changed when Kubiak was contacted after the second round of interviews had been completed. Kubiak acknowledged he spoke to Harbaugh only a few days before being hired.

Harbaugh denies being forced by Bisciotti to hire Kubiak.

"Steve and I talked probably through that process more than we usually do," Harbaugh said. "He didn’t give me any interview questions or anything like that, and he certainly didn’t say who to hire. Steve Bisciotti would never do something like that, and not very many coaches in this league would stand for something like that. That’s not what it’s about.”

I provided my take on the situation at the bottom of the Ravens' Twitter mailbag.

Here's the rest of your wake-up caw ...
  • The Cleveland Browns hired Andy Moeller as their offensive line coach, according to The Baltimore Sun. Moeller, who had been with the Ravens since 2008, was the team's offensive line coach for the past three seasons. His role was significantly reduced last season when Juan Castillo essentially ran the offensive line. Moeller was expected to be let go after Harbaugh gave the title of offensive line coach to Castillo last month.
  • It looks like the Ravens' offensive coaching staff won't be turning completely into Texans East. Harbaugh told WNST radio that the team won't be hiring Texans assistants to fill the openings for wide receivers coach and running backs coach, saying he will target "some younger guys." Since the Ravens named Kubiak as coordinator, the Ravens hired two of his assistants from Houston: quarterbacks coach Rick Dennison and tight ends coach Brian Pariani.
  • Harbaugh, who was very active at the Super Bowl media center Friday, told the Detroit Free Press that it was "fiction" that Jim Caldwell's job as offensive coordinator was in jeopardy. Caldwell was hired as the Detroit Lions head coach after the Ravens' offense had finished No. 29 in the NFL. “I talked to [general manager Ozzie Newsome] and [owner Steve Bisciotti] and Jim was coming back," Harbaugh said. "As a matter of fact, we were making plans going forward with our staff, with our players." If that's the case, the Ravens are lucky how it played out. With Kubiak, the Ravens have a play caller who is more experienced and has a stronger track record.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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