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The Ravens are expected to interview Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett tomorrow, the second time they will have met with him. Usually when a team meets with a candidate, especially a second time, they don't allow him to leave town without a contract.

Garrett is a good candidate, but I hope the Ravens aren't rushing into a decision. I hope they still meet with longtime coach Marty Schottenheimer before offering Garrett a contract. Garrett fits the mold of the type of coach the Ravens reportedly wanted from the outset -- a young, bright, offensive-minded assistant. Hopefully, the Ravens haven't fallen into a trap.

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Usually when teams are in search of a coach, they try to address an area of need. If the team previously hired a disciplinarian, they hire a players' coach. If the former coach was a players' coach, then they hire a disciplinarian. The Ravens have had a poor offense for most of the previous nine seasons, but hopefully they want Garrett for his overall general knowledge of the game, not just because he has a good offensive mind.

Also, the Ravens have gone corporate under present owner Steve Bisciotti. He handles business much differently than previous owner Art Modell, who treated the Ravens like a small, family-owned business. Garrett looks the part and plays the part, having graduated from Princeton. He seems to be the complete opposite of Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, who seems to be a favorite for the Falcons' head coaching position.

If the Ravens hire Garrett, it will be interesting to see how he handles the Ravens' locker room with so many selfish veteran players on the roster. That's where I give a significant edge to Schottenheimer, but at least most of the soured veterans would be gone after next season.

Also, if the Ravens hire Garrett, I suspect they might try to make a big splash in the draft by trading up for Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan. That would be a serious shot in the arm for the team and this city, which is starving for a franchise-caliber quarterback. There have been rumors circulating that the Ravens might go for Ryan.

--Mike Preston

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