Ravens refute reports on Cavanaugh's fate

Source: Coach `unlikely' to return next season

December 30, 2004|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF

Ravens officials last night refuted local television reports that the team has decided to fire offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh.

"We have not had any discussions about coaches or the team for the future," general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "All our efforts and energies are directed toward the Miami Dolphins."

WJZ-TV and Comcast SportsNet reported yesterday that Cavanaugh will be fired at the end of the season.

The Ravens hold meetings to evaluate the coaching staff and personnel after the season. A league source told The Sun yesterday that it was "unlikely" Cavanaugh would return.

If Cavanaugh is let go, Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, whose contract expires at the end of January, and former University of Illinois coach Ron Turner could be candidates.

The Ravens are ranked 31st in the 32-team NFL in total offense, which would be the worst finish in franchise history.

In five previous seasons under Cavanaugh, the Ravens' offense has finished in the bottom half of the NFL four times. The Ravens have never ended a season ranked higher than 14th.

Sun staff writer Mike Preston contributed to this article.

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