Father, son could compete to fill vacancy

Ravens coaching search

January 07, 2008|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Sun reporter

As the Ravens wrapped up their interview with recently dismissed defensive coordinator Rex Ryan yesterday, they could turn their attention to a Schottenheimer or two.

Brian Schottenheimer, the New York Jets' offensive coordinator the past two seasons, is expected to meet with the Ravens as early as today. Under Schottenheimer, the Jets' offense finished 25th in 2006 and 26th this season.

Then, much later in the Ravens' search process, the team might meet with Marty Schottenheimer, Brian's father. According to Foxsports.com, the Ravens have contacted Marty Schottenheimer but he doesn't want to interview in the first round of talks.

Marty Schottenheimer coached Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome when they were both with the Cleveland Browns. If Schottenheimer gets a coaching job, he likely would name Cam Cameron, who was recently fired as the Miami Dolphins' coach, as offensive coordinator.

Attempts to reach Marty Schottenheimer yesterday were unsuccessful.

Another candidate expected to meet with the Ravens this week is Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.

The Ravens met with Indianapolis Colts assistant head coach Jim Caldwell on Friday and two Dallas Cowboys assistants, offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and assistant head coach Tony Sparano, on Saturday.

One league observer questioned whether the Ravens broke NFL rules by flying in the coaches to Baltimore while their teams were in the playoffs. An NFL spokesman said it wasn't a violation because their teams approved the visits.

The Ravens spent yesterday talking with Ryan, who even parked in the head coach's parking space at the team headquarters. Ryan is scheduled to interview for the other two head-coaching vacancies in the NFL this week, meeting with the Atlanta Falcons today and the Miami Dolphins tomorrow.

jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

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