Who’s on the Ravens Short List of Coaching Candidates?

Cowhers on the list

Now that the Ravens are coachless, the team is looking at list of possible candidates of who is going to come in and take over to lead the team in the future.  The Baltimore Sun has put out their list of possible new coaches with the following names:

Jason Garrett – The Cowboys offensive coordinators name will pop up for every head coaching job that comes down the road.  He has turned the Cowboys offensive into a machine, but one has to truly wonder if he is going to be as good as a head coach on a team that might not have Tony Romo and Terrell Owens.  I think he needs more seasoning before he gets a head coach job.

Marty Schottenheimer – A second name that will pop up all over the place, I think that Marty would be better suited for Atlanta, where he would have more control and can build up the franchise from the ground up.  While Baltimore is a good situation, it’s going to take a coach that can win, and win quickly to take it over.  Marty to the Falcons just feels better than Baltimore.

Bill Cowher – His name has already been addressed, and Owner Steven Bisciotti said that he and Bill have not had on-going discussions about the job.  Cowher is going to want the house money-wise, as well as some control, which does not fit the Ravens plan.  Cowher is a players coach, and no doubt he would have the Birds fired up each and every week.  I get a sense though that right now where it stands Bill is enjoying the studios at CBS.

Josh McDaniels – The Pats offensive coordinator also has gotten the luxury of working with some of the finest talent in the league, and would for sure re-tool the Ravens lackluster offense.  He is only 31, younger than the vets on the team, and while a lot of teams are taking chances on younger coaches, one has to wonder if 31 is too young for Baltimore.

Kirk Ferentz
– The Iowa coach went just 6-6 last season, but the Ravens are very high on him to the point where they will give him a hard look.  He is the highest paid coach in the Big Ten ($2.7 mil per season), so if he was to make the move, the payday would have to be there.  He is 73-70 with Iowa since 99, and took them from 1-10 when he started to two conference titles.  I think he might be a fit, if he wants to be considered.

Rex Ryan – The son of Buddy Ryan, and current Ravens defensive coordinator, Ryan has the most background with the team since he works with them already.  He is the only remaining assistant from the Super Bowl team of 2000, and already his name has been bounced around and mentioned for the position.  It’s going to depend on if the team truly wants to go in a new direction or not on if Ryan gets serious consideration.

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