When the Baltimore Ravens lost offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell to the Detroit Lions, the search for his replacement immediately started from outside the organization. This didn’t mean that wide receivers coach Jim Hostler wouldn’t get consideration for the job, it just meant that he wouldn’t be alone in that consideration.
The final decision hasn’t been made, but it’s starting to look like the Ravens may end up hiring Kyle Shanahan rather than promoting Hostler and creating another hole on the coaching staff. The team is expected to make the announcement on Monday.
The plan is for the #Ravens to decide on their offensive coordinator choice on Monday. It’s Kyle Shanahan vs in-house candidate Jim Hostler
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 26, 2014
All signs point to Shanahan getting the job, as not only is it the more convenient move, it’s not as though they’re just grabbing a guy off the street either. Both coaches have their pros and cons, but adding Shanahan would mean brining in a true offensive coordinator.
That’s not a jab at Hostler, but his last offensive coordinator job was for the 2007 San Francisco 49ers team that had the worst ranked offense in the league. Both men have been deemed finalists, but it would be surprising to see the Ravens hold Shanahan’s hand this long in the process, only to not hire him.