The Baltimore Ravens had interest in assembling a stacked coaching staff with three star offense-minded coaches on the staff to add to John Harbaugh, as former Houston Texans coaches Gary Kubiak, Rick Dennison, and Kyle Shanahan were all contacted by the Ravens. Their goal was to hire Kubiak as the team’s offensive coordinator with Dennison and Shanahan also on the staff, and they were able to hire Kubiak as the OC to replace Jim Caldwell and Dennison became the team’s new QBs coach. They weren’t able to add Shanahan, however, and the former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator is still on the open market.
It’s not surprising to hear that the Cleveland Browns are interest, as multiple league sources tell ESPN NFL Nation’s John Keim that the Browns are speaking with Shanahan regarding their offensive coordinator vacancy. The Browns previously showed interest in Kubiak, who wasn’t interested, and they would have been huge losers in all of this had Shanahan decided to join the Ravens. But he hasn’t, and he looks like the top candidate for the Browns OC gig after once being the Ravens top candidate.
The Browns offensive coordinator search has been a slow one to this point with no legitimate candidates, so Shanahan seems to be the first true candidate. He would be a great hire for the Browns, but that might only be the case if he and Mike Pettine can have a solid working relationship. There’s no doubting Shanahan’s intelligence on the offensive side of the ball, so he would be a very strong hire for a team that really needs a strong OC.