As the Ravens continue to search for a new offensive coordinator, former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan had a good interview this week where he made a positive impression, according to sources.
That doesn't mean that Shanahan will necessarily land the job, though, which remains open since former offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell was hired by the Detroit Lions.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh is conducting an extensive search that includes coaches with past coordinator experience and coaches that haven't run an NFL offense before. The Ravens are also considering at least one internal candidate: receivers coach Jim Hostler, a former San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator.
Shanahan was recommended to the Ravens by at least three NFL coaches, including one current NFL head coach.
"I think that Kyle Shanahan did an excellent job overall in Washington being very creative designing plays around Robert Griffin III," former NFL general manager Charley Casserly, an NFL Network analyst, told The Baltimore Sun. "I think he did a lot of good things there."
Shanahan, 34, interviewed for the Miami Dolphins' offensive coordinator position before meeting with the Ravens, but the AFC East franchise hiring former Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor.
Shanahan was fired by the Redskins along with his father, Mike Shanahan, following a 3-13 season where Griffin III had a rough season preceded by knee surgery. Griffin III was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year following the 2012 season.
Shanahan became the youngest offensive coordinator in the NFL at age 28 when he was named the houston Texans' offensive coordinator in 2008.
The Texans finished in the top five in total offense and passing offense during both of Shanahan's seasons as offensive coordinator. They led the NFL in passing offense in 2009.
The Ravens have several job openings with Caldwell leaving, including offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach, a position Caldwell coached, running backs coach with the team parting ways with running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery and secondary coach with Teryl Austin accepting an offer to become the Lions' defensive coordinator.
Senior defensive assistant Steve Spagnuolo is a potential candidate to coach the defensive backs, but nothing has changed with his status as of Friday, according to a source.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun