Four final candidates for Ravens offensive coordinator job

Kyle Shanahan is one of the four final candidates the Ravens are considering for offensive coordinator. - Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Ravens have narrowed their search to four potential offensive coordinator candidates.

The Ravens announced that there are four candidates left for the Ravens' open offensive coordinator position.

Those candidates are Ravens receivers coach Jim Hostler, former Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson.

Hostler, Linehan and Shanahan have all interviewed for the position and Wilson will meet with coach John Harbaugh later this week.

Interestingly enough, Gary Kubiak's name, after generating some buzz as someone of interest, is not on this list.

So here's what the Ravens will get with these candidates:

Jim Hostler

He has a year of offensive coordinator experience from his days in San Francisco and it didn't go so well. He was in this position in 2007 and was fired after the season ended.

His offense was 32nd in the NFL and it wasn't close. It only managed 237.3 yards per game, about 40 behind the 31st team. He's done decent with the Ravens' receivers, though he isn't a name that's going to excite anyone, especially those that are die-hard fans of the team.

This move could be seen as sticking with more of the same.

Kyle Shanahan

Shanahan has great knowledge of the zone-blocking scheme and helped coach Alfred Morris to two consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in Washington.

He also led Houston to some prolific seasons on the offensive side of the ball. Matt Schaub had his better years under Shanahan's watch. It could be beneficial to someone like Joe Flacco to have a well-rounded coordinator, despite how his tenure in Washington ended.

Scott Linehan

The former Lions' coordinator has a passing mentality, evidenced by his time coaching Matthew Stafford.

Sure, he was coordinating under Jim Schwartz's philosophy, but Linehan aired the ball out a ton. In 2011, Stafford threw for over 5,000 yards.

This would seem to go against Harbaugh's philosophy of being a run-first team. So you have to wonder if he'd actually go through with it and hire someone like Linehan.

Kirby Wilson

For the most part, Wilson's had a solid tenure in Pittsburgh. He's coached the Steelers' backs since 2007 and had a good track record with solid seasons from Willie Parker and Rashard Mendenhall.

He'd fit the run-first mold and has a great reputation among the Steeler fan base.


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