Potential candidates to replace Jim Caldwell as Ravens offensive coordinator

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With Caldwell out, who takes his place as the team's offensive coordinator?

With Jim Caldwell off to Detroit, here's a look at some potential candidates to replace him at offensive coordinator:

Rob Chudzinski

Chudzinski was fired by the Cleveland Browns after one season, which ended in misery with a 4-12 record. But what else would you expect from the Factory of Sadness?

Thing is, the Browns were 3-2 after five games and looked like the best team in the AFC North. Then Brian Hoyer tore his ACL and the team imploded in Browns fashion. But there were still plenty of pieces that performed well for Chudzinski, including receiver Josh Gordon and tight end Jordan Cameron.

Chudzinski got the Browns head coaching job after having success with the Panthers as an offensive coordinator from 2011-2012. He has a penchant for getting the most out of tight ends, which would bode well for a player like Dennis Pitta (assuming, of course, that Pitta re-signs with the organization.)

Norv Turner

Turner was the coach everyone loved to hate, being that as a head coach with the Chargers, he seemed to do less with more year in and year out.

But Turner's had a pretty solid track record as an offensive coordinator when given the chance. The NFL has evolved considerably over the years, but Turner was the offensive coordinator of the Cowboys from 1991-1993, when they won back-to-back Super Bowls.

He had solid offensive coordinator stints with the Chargers and Dolphins before being the head coach of the Raiders and the Chargers, where he bottomed out with both teams. However, he'd have to be bought out of his current deal with the Browns.

Thing is, his style is a perfect fit for a Ravens' offense that has the personnel to attack teams vertically. And he may want out of Cleveland after living through a tumultuous year with Chudzinski.

Ben McAdoo

McAdoo's name has been a hot commodity recently. The Packers' quarterbacks coach, who was previously a tight ends coach, has worked closely with Aaron Rodgers the past two seasons and — theoretically — would have a great understanding of the style of offense that's been greatly successful in Green Bay.

The Dolphins (which have a Green Bay pipeline with Joe Philbin coaching them) are scheduled to interview McAdoo for their offensive coordinator position Tuesday.

Of course, McAdoo is unproven as an offensive coordinator, so there would be some risk with a hire like this. So there's that to consider as well.

Jim Hostler

Uh oh. This name won't go over well with a lot of Ravens fans. But hear me out.

In case the Ravens strike out on a big name on the outside, or perhaps John Harbaugh would rather keep continuity on the inside, they could turn to the team's wide receivers coach who has previous offensive coordinator experience.

He was the 49ers offensive coordinator in 2007 but was fired after one season.

It would be an unpopular choice in Baltimore one would imagine, given the desire for a name not connected to this past season's dismal offensive showing. But given the Ravens' track record (which includes promoting Dean Pees after Chuck Pagano left for Indianapolis), it's one that wouldn't be much of a surprise.


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