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Former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has interviewed to be the Ravens offensive coordinator, according to several reports, and confirmed by CSN-Baltimore. Whether Shanahan actually gets the job depends on how he stacks up against a number of other candidates. But Ravens coach John Harbaugh is being true to the statement he released Wednesday, saying the team plans to conduct an extensive search.
“We will be interviewing candidates inside and outside the building,” Harbaugh’s statement said. “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.”
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Shanahan may fit the profile of a coordinator that can rejuvenate the Ravens’ running game. The Ravens are not going to run the read option featuring Joe Flacco, who plays quarterback much differently than Robert Griffin III. However, the Redskins ranked fifth in the NFL in rushing despite their dismal season. Both Shanahan and his father, former Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, have used zone-blocking schemes effectively in their careers. The Ravens, who ranked 30th in the NFL in rushing, have made improving that part of their offense a top priority for next season.
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.
However, Shanahan has gotten a chance to make his case, and he also interviewed to be the Dolphins’ offensive coordinator before they hired former Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor. Shanahan is not coming back to the Redskins. But if he impresses Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome, Shanahan may not be moving far from Washington.