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Wake-up caw: Ravens' mystery candidate?

It was assumed that the Baltimore Ravens were down to two candidates in their offensive coordinator search. The NFL Network reported that the Ravens' plan was to make a decision on either former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan or Ravens wide receivers coach Jim Hostler on Monday.

But there could be someone behind Door No. 3. According to The Baltimore Sun, coach John Harbaugh spent Sunday interviewing a mystery candidate at Ravens headquarters.

A source later told The Sun that Rick Dennison, the former Houston Texans offensive coordinator, spoke with Harbaugh the past couple of days but it's unknown whether he was the candidate being interviewed by Harbaugh on Sunday.

Dennison,55, was fired, along with head coach Gary Kubiak, after four seasons as the Texans' offensive coordinator. The Texans finished second-to-last in the NFL in scoring last season (17.3 points).

This is now Day 13 of the Ravens' offensive coordinator search. In comparison, it took the Ravens 19 days to hire coach John Harbaugh in 2008.

Here is my endorsement of Shanahan. John Eisenberg, of the team's official website, believes Shanahan is the best fit, too.

Here's the rest of your wake-up caw ...

  • Former Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron isn't returning to the NFL anytime soon. Cameron, who completed his first season as the LSU offensive coordinator, told the school's sports information director that "he's not going anywhere." This was in response to a Cleveland Plain Dealer report that the Browns were considering Cameron as their offensive coordinator.

  • Ra’Shede Hageman, a defensive tackle from the University of Minnesota, could emerge as a first-round option for the Ravens, according to the Carroll County (Md.) Times. Hageman told the paper that he has met with Ravens officials at the Senior Bowl.

  • Two former Ravens ranked in the bottom half of ESPN.com's ranking of the 106 players in this year's Super Bowl. Seahawks kicker Steve Hauschka, who played for the Ravens in 2008 and 2009, was No. 55 on the list. Broncos safety Michael Huff, who was cut by the Ravens earlier this season, is No. 76, which was higher than I expected.