Friday, January 24, 2014
Wake-up caw: Time for second interviews
By Jamison Hensley
It looks like there are three finalists for the Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator job: Jim Hostler, the Ravens' wide receivers coach; Kyle Shanahan, the former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator; and Kirby Wilson, the Pittsburgh Steelers running backs coach.
Shanahan and Wilson are scheduled for second interviews, according to The Baltimore Sun. Shanahan met with the Ravens again on Thursday, and Wilson is scheduled to talk to them on Friday.
Scott Linehan, who spoke with the Ravens on Monday, doesn't have a second interview scheduled, according to The Sun. This likely means he is not in the running for the coordinator job.
In a SportsNation poll earlier this week, Shanahan was the popular choice with 43 percent of the vote. The Baltimore Sun's Mike Preston is endorsing Linehan.
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Eric DeCosta, the Ravens' assistant general manager, told The Baltimore Sun that some of the Ravens' needs include: running back, tight end, offensive line, safety and linebacker. "What we saw after this season is we have a lot of needs at a lot of positions," DeCosta said. "It's bad to be in that position, I think, as an organization, but I think in terms of building your team it's good because we have the flexibility to draft players at a wide variety of positions."
Joe Hortiz, the Ravens' director of college scouting, described what the team is looking for at wide receiver. “Forget about his size, forget about his speed,” Hortiz told the team's official website. “Can he make the play?” It sure sounds an awful like Anquan Boldin.