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THE WATER COOLER: How About Mason for WR Coach?

Lombardi's Way THE WATER COOLER: How About Mason for WR Coach?

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The Ravens are in search of a new wide receivers coach after Jim Hostler stormed out of town in a huff when Gary Kubiak nailed down the job he wanted – the team’s offensive coordinator. To replace Hostler perhaps John Harbaugh should look no further than towards an old friend – the franchise’s all-time pass receiving leader, Derrick Mason.

Mason is a professional who has played the position at a high level and with that comes a level of respect that the Jim Hostlers of the world can only dream of. He was a craftsman with an outstanding work ethic who made the most of his relatively average physical tools.

What Mason didn’t have in size and speed he made up for with intelligence, toughness, preparedness, leadership and the heart of a lion. He was a trustworthy outlet for his quarterback, could read defenses and ran routes with razor precision. Plus he’s also familiar with Kubiak’s offense having played in Houston for half a season under the former Texans’ head coach.

Mason loves the game and has a very solid relationship with John Harbaugh. If both parties are willing, this seems like a natural fit.


There has been a ton of speculation about the way in which Gary Kubiak marched into town along with Rick Dennison to provide a major spark to the offensive coaching staff. At the end of the day it doesn’t really matter how Kubiak arrived. It only matters that he’s here.

According to Ozzie Newsome by way of Kevin Byrne, the head honcho of the Ravens PR machine, John Harbaugh planned to bring back Jim Caldwell as the offensive coordinator if Caldwell didn’t land a head coaching opportunity elsewhere.

“I get so angry when I hear or read that John was going to fire Jim if the Lions had not made him their head coach”, said Ozzie.

“That is so completely wrong, untrue and really unfair to Jim. Harbs told me he was bringing him back. That’s the truth. How does that other stuff get out there as real? Don’t you have to have some facts to report before you can say that?”

Now that would have been a breath of fresh air, right?


To put things in perspective, despite the superior talent, Caldwell’s offense scored just 3 more points in 2013 than the Kyle Boller led offense in 2004.

Special thanks to the Detroit Lions and the Ford Family.


Jacoby Jones is a fan favorite and with good reason. He makes big plays on the field and he plays off the field like a cartoon character from the Fat Albert series. It’s hard not to be entertained by Jacoby Jones.

That said if the Ravens draft a wide receiver and/or a pass catching tight end on Day 1 or 2 of the 2014 NFL Draft, Jones is as good as gone. His highlight reel will draw interest from teams with more cap space than the Ravens (currently at $11.4M).

And let’s not dismiss the value of Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg’s blocking schemes in the return game. While Jones clearly knows how to finish the guys up front deserve some credit.

Waiting in the wings is Asa Jackson who has shown explosiveness in the return game during preseason play. Jackson is also a great candidate to replace Corey Graham as the nickel corner.

There’s a reason the Ravens have remained patient with the Cal/Poly alum during his two Adderall shortened seasons.

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