After scratching Kirby Wilson off the potential offensive coordinator list the Baltimore Ravens are left with two finalists for the position: Jim Hostler and Kyle Shanahan. Considering Shanahan has significantly more experience as an offensive coordinator in the NFL (six seasons) than Hostler (with Hostler's offense ranking last in total yards and points in his 2007 stint as the San Francisco 49ers' offensive coordinator),it is safe to assume that he will be the next man up for the Ravens.
At a glance, here is Shanahan's track record since getting his first job as an NFL offensive coordinator in 2008:
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Shanahan, like all offensive coordinators, has had his ups-and-downs in his six years in the NFL. But as you can see from the graph above, when the right personnel is in place Shanahan can orchestrate quite a potent offense (with 2012 serving as the highlight of his coaching career).
The thing that stands out the most about Shanahan's offenses are their ability to consistently move the chains (never ranking lower than 18th in the league in total yards). While some may point to the three year stretch from 2009 to 2011 where his offenses struggled to move the ball on the ground, he seems to have fixed that problem as his offenses have ranked in the top-five in rushing yards the last two seasons.
While nothing is ever certain it seems clear that Shanahan will become the Baltimore Ravens next offensive coordinator. Hopefully Shanahan will be able to kick-start the Ravens' offense and help legitimize their Super Bowl hopes for the 2014 NFL Season.