Ravens remain high on Kyle Shanahan after strong interview last year, sources say

Ravens remain high on Kyle Shanahan after strong interview last year, sources say
Kyle Shanahan spent last season running the Cleveland Browns' offense after losing out to Gary Kubiak for the Ravens' offensive coordinator position. (Tony Dejak, Associated Press)

When the Ravens were looking for an offensive coordinator last year, one of their finalists was Kyle Shanahan before they ultimately hired Gary Kubiak.

Now that Kubiak has accepted the Broncos' request for an interview Sunday in Denver, according to sources, Shanahan's name has surfaced again in connection with the Ravens. Should Kubiak leave, sources said that Shanahan would be under serious consideration for the job of running the Ravens' offense.


Shanahan, 35, made a positive impression during his interview last year with Ravens head coach John Harbaugh.

When the Ravens hired Kubiak, Shanahan went to the Cleveland Browns as their offensive coordinator.

Although the season got off to a good start in Cleveland, with veteran Brian Hoyer was playing well, Hoyer eventually got hurt after cooling off considerably, and he was replaced by rookie Johnny Manziel. The hard-partying former Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M was a disaster on and off the field, by all accounts, and appeared unprepared for the NFL. There were several reports that the coaching staff felt pressure from management to play Manziel.

Shanahan asked out of his contract after the season and is now a coaching free agent.

Shanahan has options, though. He could wind up with the Atlanta Falcons if they hire Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. His other options include the Chicago Bears with John Fox and perhaps even the Broncos.

Where Shanahan makes sense for the Ravens is his familiarity with the zone running scheme, play-action passing game and bootleg and rollouts that were a staple of their offense this season under Kubiak. Shanahan was an offensive coordinator with the Houston Texans under Kubiak and could provide continuity with the playbook.

The Ravens upgraded their offense significantly under Kubiak this year, and they set franchise single-season records for points scored and yards gained.

Shanahan was recommended to the Ravens by at least three NFL coaches, including one current NFL head coach, according to a source.

Shanahan was fired by the Washington Redskins along with his father, Mike Shanahan, following a 3-13 season in 2013 in which Robert Griffin III had a rough year. Griffin III was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year following the 2012 season.

Shanahan became the youngest offensive coordinator in the NFL when he was named the Texans' offensive coordinator in 2008 at the age of 28.

The Texans finished in the top five in total offense and passing offense during both of Shanahan's seasons as their offensive coordinator. They led the NFL in passing offense in 2009.