The Baltimore Ravens are close to naming Brian Billick’s successor. Tuesday they offered the job to Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, who left the team after a seven-hour visit as the two were not able to reach a decision yesterday. The Baltimore Sun is reporting that Garrett was offered between $2 and $2.5 million per year for the job. He took a flight to Atlanta for a second interview for the Falcons job.
The report says that the 41-year-old may be trying to drive up the price to get him as a coach, or that he may actually feel he’s not ready to be a coach after just three years of experience. The paper also said that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made numerous attempts on Tuesday to talk Garrett from taking the Ravens position. “We had a good day of interviews,” Ravens spokesman Kevin Byrne said. “It’s the start of our second round. He’s the first one in for the second round. We have more interviews in the second round coming up later in the week. And that’s what we have to say right now.”
The next two options for the Ravens if Garrett says “no” include Eagles secondary coach John Harbaugh, or possibly former Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer. Harbaugh could be in town Thursday for an interivew, while Marty’s agent said that now it appears there is a chance that he could be coaching in 2008. Look for a decision by week’s end.