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By Matt Vensel | November 8, 2013
Before Bobbie Williams won a Super Bowl with the Ravens and before he was a fixture on the Cincinnati Bengals' offensive line, he was a second-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles. In his four years in Philadelphia, Williams was molded into a reliable guard by an offensive line coach named Juan Castillo. Thirteen years after he was drafted by the Eagles, Williams remains close with Castillo, as is the case with many of Castillo's former pupils. Williams still has a lot of respect for Castillo, who is now the run game coordinator for the Ravens, and credits him for helping him kick-start a long, successful NFL career.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Remember when everybody wanted Juan Castillo run out of town, when the run-game coordinator was a symbol of all that went wrong with the Ravens last year? This offseason, Ravens coach John Harbaugh changed his title to offensive line coach, and stuck by Castillo, calling him one of the best offensive line coaches in the league. Harbaugh's faith has been rewarded. Joe Flacco has been sacked only three times in four games. Only Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton , who has yet to be sacked, has been taken down less, and the Bengals have played one fewer game than the Ravens.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2014
Juan Castillo endured awkward circumstances and heavy resistance to his blocking techniques and coaching methods during a rough season last year as the Ravens' run-game coordinator. Despite the challenging year, Castillo was named the Ravens' offensive line coach this season. That's why it didn't come as a surprise Thursday when Castillo repeatedly declined to elaborate on what went awry a year ago. "Well, I'd rather not talk about last year," Castillo said three times during his first interview since last year's training camp.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2014
Juan Castillo endured awkward circumstances and heavy resistance to his blocking techniques and coaching methods during a rough season last year as the Ravens' run-game coordinator. Despite the challenging year, Castillo was named the Ravens' offensive line coach this season. That's why it didn't come as a surprise Thursday when Castillo repeatedly declined to elaborate on what went awry a year ago. "Well, I'd rather not talk about last year," Castillo said three times during his first interview since last year's training camp.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh described his coaching staff as being "a little bit in flux right now. " However, he made clear that he expects Juan Castillo to be back for the 2014 season, just with a different title. "Juan will be the offensive line coach next year," Harbaugh said at Wednesday's “State of the Ravens” address. “As all this NFL coaching drama goes on, some of our guys are involved in that. We just have to see how it shakes out. But we're going to build a great coaching staff next year.
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By Sam Quinones and Sam Quinones,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 12, 2002
TIJUANA, MEXICO -- There are the facts about the life and death of Juan Castillo -- and then there is what people believe. The story begins nearly 65 years ago. One of those who should be able to tell it is Virginia Alegre. She is 80 and can remember when only barbed wire separated Tijuana from the United States. She can remember when the soldier, who thousands of people now believe works miracles in their lives, was accused of raping and murdering a little girl. And she is sure she met him, though facts dictate that could hardly be true.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | December 31, 2013
Saying he feels a sense of urgency with his team missing the playoffs for the first time in his six-season tenure, Ravens coach John Harbaugh vowed to explore all avenues this offseason to fix a disappointing offense. In a 40-plus minute news conference Tuesday at the Under Armour Performance Center, Harbaugh acknowledged that upgrading the much-maligned offensive line is an offseason priority, backed struggling running back Ray Rice and didn't completely rule out changes with his coaching staff.
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By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | January 1, 2014
Besides defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, another candidate to possibly have his contract restructured this offseason is cornerback Lardarius Webb. Webb had a strong season and rebounded from major knee surgery a year ago. He was one of the team's leading tacklers, with 74. But Webb is also scheduled to make $7.5 million next season with a cap figure of $10.5 million. The Ravens might want to lower both. ** Maybe running back Ray Rice didn't see much action in the first half Sunday because of the shouting match he had with fullback Vonta Leach shortly before the game started.
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The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2013
Each week, Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston will answer questions from readers about the Ravens . You can submit questions during every game to sports@baltimoresun.com. Here are this week's questions and answers: What is up with the run game? It seems everyone is to blame. The blocking is poor. Ray Rice can't break a tackle in open space, much less 4 yards from the end zone. And the play-calling kept sending the runner up the middle. Is this the best we are going to see?
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By Matt Vensel | August 2, 2013
One of the main reasons that Matt Birk was so valuable to the Ravens as his age slowly ticked toward 40 is that he had a high football IQ that served as a big benefit to a young, developing quarterback in Joe Flacco. Yes, Birk went to Harvard, as we were reminded constantly by TV play-by-play guys who couldn't come up with anything more insightful to share. But the Ravens say intelligence is an attribute both Gino Gradkowski and A.Q. Shipley, the two contenders to replace Birk , share even though they didn't go to Ivy League schools.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
The Ravens' top decision makers will meet later this week at owner Steve Bisciotti's Florida home and the team's struggling offense will surely dominate the conversation. But the focus, according to Bisciotti and general manager Ozzie Newsome, will be on adding to an offense that ranked 29th in the NFL this year, not overhauling it. "When you have a short window of failure that comes out of the blue, the key is not to make wholesale changes," Bisciotti said Wednesday at the annual State of the Ravens address at the Under Armour Performance Center.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh described his coaching staff as being "a little bit in flux right now. " However, he made clear that he expects Juan Castillo to be back for the 2014 season, just with a different title. "Juan will be the offensive line coach next year," Harbaugh said at Wednesday's “State of the Ravens” address. “As all this NFL coaching drama goes on, some of our guys are involved in that. We just have to see how it shakes out. But we're going to build a great coaching staff next year.
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Mike Preston | January 8, 2014
Owner Steve Bisciotti appeared calm and in a relatively good mood during the annual "State of the Ravens" address. He was disappointed in the team for failing to make the playoffs for the first time in six seasons, but not too upset. But minutes later, in the privacy of his office, he said a repeated "failure" would not be tolerated. It wasn't like Bisciotti's mood had changed after the TV cameras and tape recorders were gone. It was just business as usual. "I have to be patient to let people fail, but I don't have to be patient enough to let people repeat failure," Bisciotti said.
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By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | January 1, 2014
Besides defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, another candidate to possibly have his contract restructured this offseason is cornerback Lardarius Webb. Webb had a strong season and rebounded from major knee surgery a year ago. He was one of the team's leading tacklers, with 74. But Webb is also scheduled to make $7.5 million next season with a cap figure of $10.5 million. The Ravens might want to lower both. ** Maybe running back Ray Rice didn't see much action in the first half Sunday because of the shouting match he had with fullback Vonta Leach shortly before the game started.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | December 31, 2013
Saying he feels a sense of urgency with his team missing the playoffs for the first time in his six-season tenure, Ravens coach John Harbaugh vowed to explore all avenues this offseason to fix a disappointing offense. In a 40-plus minute news conference Tuesday at the Under Armour Performance Center, Harbaugh acknowledged that upgrading the much-maligned offensive line is an offseason priority, backed struggling running back Ray Rice and didn't completely rule out changes with his coaching staff.
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Mike Preston | December 23, 2013
The Ravens have less than a week to achieve an offensive harmony that has eluded them all season. They had very little of it in the 41-7 loss to New England on Sunday, and the Ravens still need to address some internal issues such as communication, among other things. The Ravens are ranked No. 29 in offensive yards, averaging 313.1 per game - including 85.4 yards rushing, which ranks No. 28 in the NFL. In the past two games, they have scored just one touchdown, and they have scored only 23 touchdowns on 48 possessions inside the red zone this season.
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Mike Preston | April 8, 2013
The Ravens seem to have everything in place on offense. They have two vertical threats at receiver in Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones, and two good running backs in Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce. They also recently signed quarterback Joe Flacco to a six-year, $120.6 million contract. The question is who will protect Flacco's blind side? If a team makes that type of investment in a quarterback, it should at least have a quality player protecting him where he is most vulnerable.
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By Matt Vensel | November 8, 2013
Before Bobbie Williams won a Super Bowl with the Ravens and before he was a fixture on the Cincinnati Bengals' offensive line, he was a second-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles. In his four years in Philadelphia, Williams was molded into a reliable guard by an offensive line coach named Juan Castillo. Thirteen years after he was drafted by the Eagles, Williams remains close with Castillo, as is the case with many of Castillo's former pupils. Williams still has a lot of respect for Castillo, who is now the run game coordinator for the Ravens, and credits him for helping him kick-start a long, successful NFL career.
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The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2013
Each week, Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston will answer questions from readers about the Ravens . You can submit questions during every game to sports@baltimoresun.com. Here are this week's questions and answers: Mike, are the Ravens players actually that bad this year, or do they have some serious coaching problems, especially on the offensive side? I don't understand the play-calling, lack of using certain player's skills (Vonta Leach, etc.). Is it time to clean house, get rid of some players and coaches?
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