Report: Shanahan, Wilson, to get second interviews

Report: Shanahan, Wilson, to get second interviews
January 23, 2014, 2:00 pm
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Is Kyle Shanahan a good fit in Baltimore?

Both Kyle Shanahan and Kirby Wilson have reportedly earned second interviews to be the Ravens’ next offensive coordinator. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Wilson, who interviewed Wednesday, would return for another interview Friday. According to the Baltimore Sun, Shanahan was to get a second interview Thursday.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh announced earlier this week that Shanahan, Wilson, Ravens wide receivers coach Jim Hostler, and former Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan were all candidates for the job. Hostler is believed by some sources to be the favorite, as the only in-house candidate. However, if Harbaugh had already made a decision, Shanahan and Wilson would not be getting second interviews.

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Shanahan spent the last four seasons as the Redskins’ offensive coordinator, but he was fired last month along with his father, former Redskins coach Mike Shanahan. Getting the Ravens’ job would give Shanahan a chance to join a stable organization, with an opportunity to build his own coaching reputation away from his father. He would also work with a Super Bowl-winning quarterback in Joe Flacco as the Ravens’ offensive play-caller, helping him build his resume at age 34 as a potential future head coach.

Wilson has been on the Steelers’ staff for seven seasons, and has a strong reputation in the coaching fraternity and with Steelers’ players. His knowledge of the running game could help the Ravens, and Wilson obviously knows the AFC North well. The Ravens ranked 30th in total rushing in 2013 which Harbaugh found unacceptable. The Ravens fired former running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery after the season.

Hostler may eventually get the job, but Shanahan and Wilson are clearly serious competition.