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Josh McDaniels

I'm not disappointed that Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will not interview for the Ravens' job. McDaniels is only 31, and that would have been a major factor if the Ravens had hired him as head coach. How could a coach that young walk into the Ravens' locker room and tell players like Ray Lewis, Derrick Mason and Chris McAlister what to do?

The Ravens just need to be patient. So many times teams go after the hot coach, or look to find the candidate who coaches an area where they were weak in the previous season. I suspect that's why offensive coaches like the Colts' Jim Caldwell and the Cowboys' Jason Garrett are so high on the Ravens' list.

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The Ravens need to look beyond their immediate successes. McDaniels looks good with Tom Brady and Randy Moss, but how good was he when he didn't have those guys? Was Garrett as good when he didn't have Terrell Owens and Tony Romo?

If I were the Ravens, I'd continue to put the full court press on Bill Cowher, a former teammate of Ozzie Newsome's when they played in Cleveland. If Cowher wasn't interested, my next two candidates, not necessarily in order, would be Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz or Marty Schottenheimer.

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Ferentz is a great instructor and a former great offensive line coach. He's got good material to work with here in Baltimore as far as the offensive line. He has a history with middle linebacker Ray Lewis and offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden, so he could put out any fires in the locker room.

Schottenheimer really intrigues me because he is old school. He has won everywhere he has gone. He may not have won the big one, but he gets there. Ask former Ravens owner Art Modell about the biggest mistakes he ever made, and he'll say firing Schottenheimer when they were together in Cleveland.

Schottenheimer has the personality to take control of the Ravens' locker room again. He'll tell No. 52 to pipe down. He'll tell Ogden he'll get no special treatment in training camp, so go ahead and retire. He'll tell tight end Todd Heap to stop being so soft, or go play for somebody else. He'll make Ed Reed stop gambling so much, or hit the bench.

When it gets hot in training camp, he won't bus the Ravens to the air conditioned indoor practice facility. When it gets cold, he won't take them inside and turn on the heat. I betcha we won't see all of those stupid offside penalties or discipline meltdowns like we saw in Detroit in 2005, or here in Baltimore against the Patriots this season.

It would be nice just to see good, wholesome aggressive football, and when this search is all said and done, Schottenheimer might not be a bad choice.


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