Ravens lose out on Turner

OWINGS MILLS -- One of the Baltimore Ravens' top targets for offensive coordinator shunned their attention to remain home by choosing the Chicago Bears' post Saturday night.

Ron Turner, the former University of Illinois head coach, opted to stay in Illinois and will likely commute from Champaign where his son is a high school starting quarterback.

Turner accepted the Bears' reported $500,000 offer to do the same job he did under former coach Dave Wannstedt, which leaves the Ravens in flux.

They have interviewed former University of Washington head coach Rick Neuheisel and New Orleans Saints quarterbacks coach Mike Sheppard to replace the departed Matt Cavanaugh.

They might look now to possibilities like USC offensive coordinator Norm Chow, who appears to be content with the national champion Trojans, Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, Kansas City Chiefs offensive line coach Mike Solari and San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.

With Ravens coach Brian Billick in New York to analyze the playoffs, it's likely that interviews will wait until Monday at the earliest.
Meanwhile, new Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage, the former Ravens' director of player personnel, said he has reassured Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and senior consultant Jim Fassel to not worry about the Browns interviewing other candidates this week. He said they are in his plans.

"I know those guys," Savage said.

As well as a being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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