Ravens offensive coordinator field down to two

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With former Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson out of the running for the offensive coordinator job in Baltimore (he’s heading to Minnesota), the Ravens have two choices for their own vacancy created by Jim Caldwell leaving to run the show in Detroit.

According to Clifton Brown of CSNBaltimore.com, the options are current Ravens receivers coach Jim Hostler or former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.

Shanahan becomes the far more intriguing choice, given that he was fired from that same position with the NFL team in the closest geographic proximity to the Ravens.  Then there’s the potential intersection between current Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and Shanahan’s reputation for insisting on the offense being run a certain way.

“During the course of a regular game, Kyle Shanahan wants you to run the offense exactly how he wants it, down to the amount of hitches you take to go through your progressions,” Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman said in 2011.

Flacco, who has shown no inclination to bite his tongue when confronted with situations he doesn’t like, may not like the idea of being potentially micromanaged by Shanahan.

Either way, a decision is expected to be made in the coming days.