Harbaugh says OC search will be extensive

Harbaugh says OC search will be extensive
January 15, 2014, 3:15 pm
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Who are early candidates to replace Jim Caldwell?

Dec 16, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh on the sidelines during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

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Ravens coach John Harbaugh released a statement updating the offensive coordinator search, saying, “We will be interviewing candidates inside and outside the building. We’re confident that whether we select someone currently on our staff or from another team, we will have a coach that best fits what we want to be, where we want to go and understands what Ravens football is all about. “I have a profile in mind and we are excited about those who have shown interest in the job.”

The Ravens have no shortage of potential offensive coordinator candidates, including former Vikings coach Brad Childress, former Browns coach Rob Chudzinski, current Ravens wide receivers coach Jim Hostler, and former Texans head coach Gary Kubiak.

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However, Norv Turner may shortly become unavailable to the Ravens. According to ESPN, the Vikings will interview Turner about becoming their next offensive coordinator. Turner is currently offensive coordinator for the Browns, who recently fired Chudzinski as head coach. The Vikings have reportedly received permission to speak with Turner, after hiring Mike Zimmer as their head coach Wednesday morning.

There was speculation that Caldwell might not be back as the Ravens’ coordinator, even if he had not landed the Lions job. But Harbaugh said Caldwell would have returned.

“We’re disappointed that we’ve lost Jim,” Harbaugh said. “We were looking forward to making progress on offense with Jim leading the charge as coordinator. Jim is a teacher, he is honorable, he is a respected leader and everyone with the Ravens will miss him.”

Now the Ravens will continue their search to replace Caldwell.