Around this time last year, the Baltimore Ravens were headed to the Super Bowl with an offense that was averaging 30 points per game. Now, coach John Harbaugh is heading to the Senior Bowl practices in Mobile, Ala., to continue the search for a coordinator to jumpstart the NFL's 29th-ranked offense.
One name you can cross off your wish list is Norv Turner, who has reached an agreement to become the Minnesota Vikings' offensive coordinator. The Ravens reportedly never requested permission from the Cleveland Browns to speak to Turner.
So far, all that's surfaced about the Ravens' offensive coordinator search is the interview last week with former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. The Ravens are among the three teams looking for an offensive coordinator. The Browns and Houston Texans are the others. But, unlike the position in Houston, the Ravens' offensive coordinator will be in charge of calling plays.
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Speaking of the Senior Bowl, The Baltimore Sun points out that half of the Ravens' 2013 draft class played at the all-star event last year: defensive tackle Brandon Williams (third round), linebacker John Simon (Ohio State), fullback Kyle Juszczyk (fourth round), offensive lineman Rick Wagner (fifth round) and wide receiver Aaron Mellette (seventh round).
The team's official website listed 10 players to keep an eye on at the Senior Bowl. Not surprisingly, all the prospects are either wide receivers, offensive linemen or safeties.
After the Denver Broncos beat the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, I'm guessing the happiest Ravens player was Terrell Suggs. He's never hidden his extreme dislike for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. I haven't heard Suggs say Brady's name in at least three years. Suggs addressed this topic in an interview on the NFL Network (via Comcast SportsNet). “I’m getting over it,” Suggs said. “I’m seeing a therapist for it.”
The Ravens' first non-playoff season since 2007 has hurt local business, according to WJZ-TV in Baltimore.