Cavanaugh visits, leaves without signing contract

Offensive aide is offered same job with Jaguars

January 28, 1999|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

Matt Cavanaugh came to Baltimore, saw the Ravens and left town yesterday without signing a contract.

By this morning, Ravens coach Brian Billick expects to know whether Cavanaugh will become his offensive coordinator.

Cavanaugh, who has been offered the same job with the Jacksonville Jaguars, spent most of yesterday talking with Billick at the team's Owings Mills facility. Cavanaugh's wife, Nancy, also took a look at the city.

"I like what I'm feeling about this place," said Cavanaugh, 42, who recently was fired as the of fensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach of the Chicago Bears.

Billick had hoped to bring Cavanaugh on board yesterday.

"Matt and I get along very well," Billick said. "Having seen him work under some difficult situations in Chicago [4-12 last season] has done more to convince me of his capabilities than anything anybody could tell me. He's been with a number of teams and has worked with a number of different structures, which also is a plus."

Cavanaugh played for four teams over a 14-year career as a quarterback, mainly as a backup.

After playing for his first five years in New England, he was traded to San Francisco in 1983, where he was a backup to Joe Montana when Montana led the 49ers to their Super Bowl XIX victory over Miami in January 1985.

Cavanaugh went on to play for four years in Philadelphia before winding up his playing days with the Giants, where he got his second Super Bowl ring in 1991.

He was the quarterbacks coach with the Arizona Cardinals for two seasons, then coached quarterbacks with the 49ers in 1996. Over the last two seasons in Chicago, Cavanaugh ran the offense, coached quarterbacks and called plays.

Billick will manage the offense and call the plays for the Ravens. If he takes the offensive coordinator job here, Cavanaugh would coach quarterbacks as well.

Pub Date: 1/28/99

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