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Ravens hire Jim Caldwell as quarterbacks coach

Posted on: January 30, 2012 10:00 am
Edited on: January 30, 2012 3:51 pm
By Will Brinson

Because Mike Tomlin and Jim Caldwell worked together under Tony Dungy in Tampa Bay, the prevailing theory's been that Caldwell's going to end up on the Steelers offensive staff. So it's pretty bizarre to hear that the Ravens hired Caldwell as their quarterbacks coach.

The team announced the news, as first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN, on Monday afternoon.

"I am really excited to work with coach Harbaugh, Cam and the rest of the coaching staff," Caldwell said. "It's a great fit for me, and I'm happy they saw it that way. I can't wait to get started with the Ravens, an organization that from top to bottom is one of the NFL's best."

Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron took over as quarterbacks coach this past season with the departure of Jim Zorn but when Cameron was extended last week, the Ravens made it known that he wouldn't continue on as quarterbacks coach.

Caldwell, who served as the Colts quarterbacks coach prior to becoming head coach, was 26-22 as Colts coach but saw his stock drop when the team went 2-14 in 2011. He now puts himself in a position to really get some positive reviews, should Joe Flacco make big steps forward in 2012.

"After spending considerable time with Jim over the last week, we think he will be an excellent fit with our team, coaching the quarterbacks and helping with our offense," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "We believe he enhances our staff. Jim has a tremendous history coaching at the college and pro level, especially working with quarterbacks and providing help with offenses.

"The timing is right to add a quarterbacks coach after Cam and Joe worked so closely and well together this year. It's the right step for us now."

Unless, of course, hiring Caldwell is just a ploy to land Peyton Manning if/when/should he be healthy enough to play next year. That seems like a stretch, but we talked about this with Andy Benoit on a recent Pick-Six Podcast: Flacco's only got one year left on his deal and the Ravens are quite conceivably the perfect team for Manning.

They've got a veteran defense with a small window remaining, talent on the offensive line and plenty of offensive weapons in Ray Rice, Torrey Smith, Anquan Boldin and the Dennis Pitta/Ed Dickson combo.

That being said, they're probably just trying to land a quarterbacks coach who can offer Flacco the sage wisdom necessary to grow into a talented quarterback at the next level.

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Since: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2012 2:14 pm

Report: Ravens to hire Jim Caldwell as QB coach

Hell Ravens fans might get lucky with this one. All Caldwell did in Indy was let Manning run the offense and take credit for Mannings great play. Maybe Flacco will call plays now in Baltimore and not be restricted to long ball, slant, run, walk top sideline.

Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: January 30, 2012 1:34 pm

Report: Ravens to hire Jim Caldwell as QB coach

A so called report, was nothing more than a cover for a nobody writer to take some subtle shots at Flacco.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2012 12:54 pm

Report: Ravens to hire Jim Caldwell as QB coach

Excellent hire!!  Caldwell did an exceptional job with the QBs after Peyton went down.  Just look at how well they did!

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2012 12:10 pm

Report: Ravens to hire Jim Caldwell as QB coach

Why? They may as well hire me.

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: January 30, 2012 11:18 am

Report: Ravens to hire Jim Caldwell as QB coach

Caldwell is a dumb jerk and I think this was a bad hire. Don't ever try to go 16 - 0 and ask Caldwell for advice about resting your starters.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2012 10:57 am

Report: Ravens to hire Jim Caldwell as QB coach

Baltimore needs someone to stand on the sidelines with a confused expression on their face to make it seem like Cam Cameron has a vague idea of what he's doing by comparison.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2012 10:27 am

Report: Ravens to hire Jim Caldwell as QB coach

Caldwell has experience with one of the best qb's to play the game; that is a good pick for a team that has a qb that needs to get over the hump so the speak. As great as Peyton is, he didn't learn the game on his own. Yes his dad was a great help but I'm sure Caldwell helped him as well. Also, Caldwell can teach what HE learned being around Peyton. I think a lot of teams would benefit from the knowledge and experience of Caldwell.

Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: January 30, 2012 10:19 am

Report: Ravens to hire Jim Caldwell as QB coach

Why would anyone want to hire Caldwell? He was a god awful coach at Wake Forest, was terrible in Indy, and Peyton fans always talk about how Manning calls the plays and is his own qb coach, so why would anyone mistake Manning's successes with Caldwell's?

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