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January 19, 2012
Time to clean slate Joseph Schwerdt Sun Sentinel Until Jim Caldwell gets another chance to coach, there will be questions about whether he won only because he inherited Tony Dungy's team or because he had Peyton Manning to run the offense. With Dungy gone three years and Manning injured, Caldwell couldn't keep the Colts (2-14) upright. The same questions were asked in the 1990s about George Seifert with the 49ers and Barry Switzer with the Cowboys. Questions aside, the Colts appear to be cleaning the slate as they did in 1997, and Caldwell had to go. Vice Chairman Bill Polian and general manager Chris Polian were the first to get fired.
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Mike Preston | October 2, 2014
Joe Cool has become Comfortable Joe. Throughout the years, there is one picture of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco etched in the minds of every fan. It's the one where Flacco sits on the bench after a failed series with a blank look on his face. He talks to no one, and doesn't even look at game photos. As teammates walk by, Flacco continues to stare into the abyss. That doesn't happen any longer. Because of a new coordinator, position coach, blocking scheme and running game, Flacco's completion numbers and passing yards are up and his interceptions and sack totals are down.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2012
Three days after he confirmed that offensive coordinator Cam Cameron will be retained, Ravens coach John Harbaugh gave his offense -- and Joe Flacco -- an additional voice, hiring Jim Caldwell as the team's quarterbacks coach. Caldwell, who was fired two weeks ago as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts after the completion of a 2-14 campaign, has been a quarterback coach for 15 seasons, most recently for Peyton Manning and the Colts from 2002 to 2008. "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," Harbaugh said.
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By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2014
When training camp started last season, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was friendly and happy. He joked with teammates more than usual and was more animated and vocal. At that time, a lot of us thought his leadership was emerging because the Ravens had lost linebacker Ray Lewis and safety Ed Reed. And then Flacco went on to throw a career-high 22 interceptions in one of his worst seasons ever. So far in minicamp, Flacco is back to the Flacco of old. He isn't joking a lot and appears to be more standoffish.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2012
Jim Caldwell built his NFL reputation through a successful collaboration with Peyton Manning, reaching a Super Bowl as the Indianapolis Colts' head coach and winning another as the position coach for the star quarterback. Since joining the Ravens as quarterbacks coach in February, Caldwell has worked quietly behind the scenes to help install a no-huddle offense that was used prominently at the start of the season only to be scrapped in recent weeks. Now that Cam Cameron has been fired as offensive coordinator and Caldwell has replaced him, the veteran NFL assistant will put his stamp on the Ravens' offense.
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By Edward Lee | December 17, 2012
Jim Caldwell's debut as the Ravens offensive coordinator did not go swimmingly as the offense went three-and-out in its first five possessions and didn't record a first down until midway through the second quarter en route to the Ravens' 34-17 loss to the Denver Broncos Sunday. A good portion of the post-game questions centered on the offense's transition to Caldwell, who succeeded Cam Cameron after he was fired a week ago. Tight end Dennis Pitta conceded that the upheaval in the coaching staff last week gave way to a period of adjustment for the players.
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By Mike Preston | January 22, 2013
The Ravens re-signed Jim Caldwell as their offensive coordinator for next season, but it wasn't based on his production in the playoffs. The Ravens had actually wanted to do a deal with Caldwell about three weeks ago, but both sides agreed to hold off in case a team wanted to interview Caldwell as a head coach. It's a great move by the Ravens because Caldwell is a team player who uses input from other assistant coaches as well as the players. The players feel more accountable because they are involved in the decision making process.
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Kevin Cowherd | December 22, 2012
If I'm feeling sorry for anyone on the Ravens right now, it's Jim Caldwell. Going into today's game against the New York Giants, the new Ravens offensive coordinator finds himself in a no-win situation. He's basically auditioning for the offensive coordinator job for 2013 - assuming another team doesn't snap him up to be a head coach. But he can't make any major changes to this struggling Ravens' offense this late in the season. Which means he has to essentially call the same ho-hum plays Cam Cameron called before he got the axe. This is sort of like taking over as the president of a failing widget company and being told: "Let's just keep making those same lousy widgets, OK?"
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2013
It's been four games since Jim Caldwell replaced Cam Cameron as the team's offensive coordinator. One might think that Caldwell is feeling comfortable with his role, but he disagreed Thursday with the notion that he is “settled in.” “I don't think we ever really feel comfortable and settled in,” he said. “But I'm a bit more familiar with some things. But it's a real challenge, calling plays and adjusting. But I've got a lot of help with assistant coaches that are on the staff.
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By Edward Lee | December 27, 2012
A week after running a few bunch formations and stretch plays in a disappointing loss to the Denver Broncos, the Ravens used an efficient no-huddle and a strategy of attacking the middle of the field to whip the New York Giants, 33-14, on Sunday. Those tweaks would appear to be the most visible imprints offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell has left on the unit since succeeding Cam Cameron on Dec. 10. But Caldwell dismissed the notion that the offense can now be labeled as his during his weekly news conference Thursday.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2014
He has a new offense to learn, different voices in his ear and a couple of additional targets at his disposal. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, however, seems intent on keeping his approach unchanged, even after the most disappointing season of his NFL career. In his first extensive comments to the local media since the end of last season, Flacco expressed excitement about new coordinator Gary Kubiak's West Coast offense, acknowledged the need to take better care of the football and bristled at the suggestion that he hasn't put enough time in to learn the offense and gain more chemistry with his wide receivers.
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By Matt Vensel | January 27, 2014
It was a whirlwind couple of days for Gary Kubiak after arriving in Baltimore on Sunday. Ravens coach John Harbaugh sold him on his vacant offensive coordinator position over dinner -- and presumably a fine bottle of wine -- at his Baltimore County home that night and Kubiak and the Ravens spent much of Monday finalizing the terms of his new contract and discussing how their offense might come together in the coming months before Kubiak was introduced to...
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | January 26, 2014
What appeared to be a two-man competition for the Ravens' vacant offensive coordinator job includes at least one other candidate, according to a team source. Ravens coach John Harbaugh spent Sunday interviewing an undisclosed candidate at the Under Armour Performance Center, a development that adds further intrigue to a process that appeared to be wrapping up. When Harbaugh informed Pittsburgh Steelers running back coach Kirby Wilson on Saturday that he was going in a different direction with the hire, that seemingly left current Ravens wide receivers coach Jim Hostler and former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as the two remaining candidates.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2014
The Ravens moved into the final stages of their search for an offensive coordinator Thursday, conducting second interviews with two of their top candidates and planning to meet again with a third. Ravens wide receivers coach Jim Hostler and former Houston Texans and Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan met with team officials Thursday for the second time to discuss the vacancy, according to sources. Pittsburgh Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson, who interviewed with Harbaugh at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills on Wednesday, is due back Friday for his second interview, sources said.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2014
After a week of interviews with both college and NFL coaches, four leading candidates have emerged to fill the Ravens' offensive coordinator vacancy. Current Ravens wide receivers coach Jim Hostler, Pittsburgh Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson, former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan remain under strong consideration to replace Jim Caldwell, who was hired as the Lions' head coach on Jan.14.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | January 16, 2014
Head coach John Harbaugh and other Ravens officials have been mostly mum about the process of finding a replacement for offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, and the characteristics the organization is looking for in its next hire. However, one thing has become abundantly clear: The Ravens are operating from a position of strength with a desirable job to offer and plenty of interested and qualified candidates. "I think it's an excellent position," said NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly, a former general manager of the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans.
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By Edward Lee | January 3, 2013
Much has been made about the Ravens welcoming back former defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano when he leads the Indianapolis Colts into M&T Bank Stadium for Sunday's AFC wild-card playoff game. It's a similar scenario for for Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, who will face the Colts for the first time since the organization fired him in January after he coached them to a 2-14 season. Caldwell said Thursday that he still has fond memories and strong relationships with members of the franchise where he had spent the previous 10 years before being hired as the Ravens' quarterbacks coach in February.
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Mike Preston | December 24, 2012
Two weeks after he was named offensive coordinator, Jim Caldwell has finally put his finger prints on the game plan. After gaining 533 yards of total offense Sunday in their 33-14 win over the New York Giants, it's hard to tell if the Ravens can continue the dominance, but now they have a sound starting point under Caldwell. There is newfound confidence. "I think so," Ravens receiver Torrey Smith said of gaining momentum. "We were on a rough stretch for a while, even though - I guess it was three games - we played alright at times, we just weren't consistent.
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Mike Preston | January 16, 2014
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said there was an outpouring of candidates for the team's offensive coordinator position, which was expected, since the Ravens are one of the NFL's top franchises. There are some impressive names floating around, like Gary Kubiak and Norv Turner, both of whom won Super Bowl s while working with some of football's greatest players. But whoever takes the job won't have that type of talent to work with. The new coordinator had better be prepared to bring a lunch pail, roll up his sleeves and do some heavy lifting.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Aaron Wilson , The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said that the organization will interview both internal and external candidates for their offensive coordinator position and they have a certain profile in mind in making the hire. “We're confident that whether we select someone currently on our staff or from another team, we will have a coach that best fits what we want to be, where we want to go and understands what Ravens football is all about,” Harbaugh said today in statements released by the team.
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