As Caldwell moves onto Lions, list of potential replacements shrinking

Ever since Jim Caldwell took the Detroit Lions head coaching job it seems like every team that has needed a new offensive coordinator has gone out and found their guy.

When news broke that Caldwell had taken the Lions job it was first reported that the Ravens had interest in interviewing former Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo. Shortly after that, McAdoo was hired by the New York Giants to lead their offense.

Some reporters believed that the Ravens may target Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor, a bright young coach, to become their next offensive coordinator. It was later reported that he would become the next offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins.

Then there was Norv Turner. Turner, perhaps the best candidate of them all based on his track record, in some peoples opinions was the best fit for the Ravens and quarterback Joe Flacco. The Ravens didn’t act quickly though, as the Vikings have reportedly hired Turner to be their offensive coordinator.

Obviously there is no reason to be that concerned that three good candidates are off the market. The Ravens showed interest in McAdoo, but it is unclear if he would have been a good fit for the team and their personnel. As for Turner and Lazor, the team didn’t try and interview either them in the first two days so it would appear as though they weren’t high on the team’s wish list or else they would have tried to talk to them already.

What is unknown, though, is what direction the team will go from here. The Ravens reportedly met with former Texans and Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan yesterday. Shanahan, the son of former Redskins and Broncos head coach Mike, has a solid track record as an offensive coordinator, but it is fair to wonder how he would mesh with Flacco after it seemed like he had a toxic relationship with Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin.

Shanahan’s former boss in Houston, Gary Kubiak could be someone that the team would like to meet with. Like Shanahan, Kubiak has a background in the zone blocking scheme that offensive line coach Juan Castillo tried to implement last year. Kubiak appears to be the most qualified of all the candidates left and would be a good fit for the organization if the team were to hire him, but it is unknown if the team has any interest in talking to Kubiak.

All that we know for now is that the dust has settled for a little bit in terms of the offensive coordinator market and the Ravens are still searching. They no longer have any competition with other teams and can take their time looking for their next guy. Whether that is an internal guy like Jim Hostler, or a proven coordinator like Kubiak remains to be seen.

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