After hiring Gary Kubiak as offensive coordinator and Rick Dennison as quarterbacks coach, John Harbaugh said the rest of the Ravens’ staff could experience some more change going forward.
The team needs to hire a group that both Harbaugh and Kubiak are comfortable working with.
“It’s going to be in flux a little bit. We’ve got the opportunity now to hire some new coaches. This is going to be something that’s probably going to create some change on our staff,” Harbaugh said Monday. “We’ll have to see how that goes in the next day or two. We’re going to have to hire a wide receivers coach potentially, a running backs coach potentially, a tight end coach potentially. Those are things we may have to do and guys are going to have other opportunities, and that’s just the way it’s going to go. So we’ll see how it shakes out in the next couple days.”
Most eyes will be on current Ravens wide receivers coach Jim Hostler, who was a finalist in the search to be Jim Caldwell’s successor as offensive coordinator. But Hostler didn’t get the job and Harbaugh isn’t yet sure if that position will turn over.
“I’ve been in contact with him every day. I think that’s what we’ll work out in the next couple days,” Harbaugh said. “This is something that we did. It’s not like you make a lot of plans this way. Things kind of evolve and you have a chance to figure things out together and see if you can fit, see if it works for families, see if it works best for everybody involved. So those are conversations we’ve got to have in the next couple hours and next couple days.”
Aside from Harbaugh saying that Juan Castillo remains the offensive line coach, one would think that Kubiak will have perhaps the primary hand in filling out Baltimore’s offensive brain trust. But Kubiak denied that the hires had to be coaches from his past.
“The most important thing is that we put a good staff together. It’s not important that they’re from Houston or have been with me before, those type of things,” Kubiak said. “Like I said, John has a great vision. When we talked last night at his home for numerous hours, I just really liked his vision for how he saw putting the staff together and what he wanted from each position. We’re going to sit down now and figure out where we go from there, and listen to how things are going to work out. But there are a lot of great coaches in this league and chemistry is a big thing, and John, I know that’s very important to him. And we’ll make that work. We’ll make that work somehow.”
Asked for a timeframe on when he wants the staff to be complete, Harbaugh said, “ASAP.”
“The goal would be to have it done within a week or so,” he continued. “I’d like to get it done as soon as we can, get to work. I know coach (Kubiak) wants to get to work, too.”
Note: The Ravens also announced Monday that classic rock station WBIG 100.3 will become the team’s radio home in Washington, D.C.