Ravens Were Interested in Interviewing Josh McDaniels

Jarrett CarterAnalyst IOctober 29, 2009

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 19:  Head Coach Josh McDaniels of the Denver Broncos looks on from the sideline against the San Diego Chargers during Monday Night Football on October 19, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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We knew that Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti had a vision of getting a young head coach two years ago, but who would’ve thought that fresh-faced, then-New England Patriots-coordinator Josh McDaniels was high up on the list ?

He didn’t interview for the gig, and gave the PC answer on why it was “bad timing.”

“First off, I really appreciated the opportunity, but there were two reasons why it wasn’t the right time for me,” McDaniels said Wednesday on a conference call. “One, the season we were involved in [during which the Patriots went 16-0 in the regular season] required a lot of our time. We were all putting a lot into it, trying to finish it the way we wanted to. And secondly, I just didn’t feel like I was as ready as I wanted to be to handle that type of challenge. I didn’t know at the time how much more time I was going to need to feel like I was capable of doing it, but certainly I didn’t feel like that was the perfect time for me.”

Translation: “There was nothing about the post-Billick offense that gave me reason to think there was hope in Baltimore. Sorry.”