For the second straight day, a possible coaching candidate for the Baltimore Ravens has said “no thanks.” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has told the team that he is not interested in leaving the Hawkeyes and moving to coach the Ravens. The Baltimore Sun reported the story, saying that Ferentz would have drawn serious consideration for the position that is open after the team fired Brian Billick on New Year’s Eve.
“I’ve got a great job here, and with that being said, I’m sure Baltimore will get a top-notch coach,” Ferentz told the newspaper. “They have three great people in Eric [DeCosta, director of college scouting], George [Kokinis, director of pro personnel] and Ozzie [Newsome, general manager] and have great ownership in place.”
One factor reportedly in Ferentz turning the Ravens down was the face he wanted to see his son James, an offensive line prospect, play this fall at Iowa. “Not only does it allow me to coach him every day, but it allows me to watch him play every weekend,” Ferentz said. “I couldn’t do that if I was coaching somewhere else. You can’t put a price tag on something like that.”
The team has also been told “no” by Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who says that he wants to stay with the Pats. McDainels was also under consideration for the head coaching spot with the Atlanta Falcons. The Ravens are also looking at a couple of other possible guys to take the head coaching spot – Dallas Cowboys assistants – offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and assistant head coach Tony Sparano – and Indianapolis Colts assistant head coach Jim Caldwell. Browns offensive coordinator Rob Rob Chudzinski is also set to get an interview at some point.