The Ravens had three of their four Pro Bowl selections participate in this year’s NFL All-Star festivities Sunday, and two played significant roles for Team Deion Sanders in a 22-21 loss to Team Jerry Rice.
But it would’ve been remarkable had Tucker made either of his field goals, as both his 66-yard try at the end of the second quarter and his potential game-winning 67-yarder at the end of the game fell short. Tucker’s longest field goal in two seasons with the Ravens was his winning 61-yarder against the Lions this season.
Guard Marshal Yanda also played in the contest for Team Sanders.
In other news, the Ravens are rumored to have added another candidate to their offensive coordinator search, which had reportedly been narrowed to finalists Kyle Shanahan and Jim Hostler.
Coach John Harbaugh has spoken with former Texans and Broncos offensive coordinator Rick Dennison in recent days, according to The Sun, but it isn’t clear if he has been formally interviewed for the Ravens’ opening.
Dennison led the Texans offense from 2010-13 and the Broncos’ unit from 2006-08. He also spent two stints as Denver offensive line coach, and is well-regarded for his work with the O-line and running game.
Update: So much for that group leading the way to become Jim Caldwell’s replacement.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting this morning that former Texans head coach Gary Kubiak has emerged as the frontrunner to become the Ravens’ new offensive coordinator. Schefter added that the Ravens are attempting to assemble an all-star offensive staff that includes Kubiak, Shanahan and Dennison.
Could it be possible to add too many accomplished coaches? Too many voices potentially pulling players in different directions?
After the way last season turned out, Harbaugh appears prepared to try something drastic and bringing in that trio at the same time would qualify. They don’t suit up and take the field, meaning the Ravens will still have plenty of work to do personnel-wise. But Baltimore is clearly serious about upgrading offensively every way it can, especially on its coaching staff.
Update II: The Ravens have announced a 3 p.m. press conference where Harbaugh will unveil his new offensive coordinator. Check back here afterward for full coverage.