Ravens fire Colletto

OWINGS MILLS -- The Baltimore Ravens fired veteran offensive line coach Jim Colletto on Monday, continuing an offensive upheaval.<br><br> Ravens coach Brian Billick announced the move without elaborating. It was the latest change in the staff after offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh resigned under pressure Jan. 3 following a 9-7 campaign.<br><br> The Ravens slumped to a franchise-worst 31st in total offense last season and missed the playoffs.

Colletto had been actively seeking another NFL coaching position, contacting Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith about the offensive coordinator job that eventually went to former University of Illinois coach Ron Turner.

"I knew with a new coordinator coming in that he was going to want to bring in his own guys," Colletto said Monday prior to the announcement. "That's part of the business. I understood that when I got into this profession. That's just the way it is."

Colletto had been the Ravens' offensive line coach sine 1999. In 2003, Ravens running back Jamal Lewis rushed for a league-high 2,066 yards and was named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press.

Colletto was head coach at Purdue from 1991 to 1996, and had prior coordinator experience at Notre Dame, Ohio State and Arizona State.
The Miami Herald reported Sunday that the Ravens asked for permission to interview Dolphins offensive coordinator Chris Foerster to coach the offensive line. Foerster worked with Billick with the Minnesota Vikings and at Stanford.

For their offensive coordinator vacancy, the Ravens have interviewed Turner, former University of Washington coach Rick Neuheisel and New Orleans Saints quarterbacks coach Mike Sheppard.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times and Ravens Insider.

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