Caldwell accepts permanent job; Castillo joins staff

Caldwell accepts permanent job; Castillo joins staff
January 21, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Harbaugh excited to have Jim Caldwell, Juan Castillo

The Ravens will enter the Super Bowl with stability on the coaching staff entering next season already -– with one key addition.

Coach John Harbaugh said Monday, the day after they upset the New England Patriots 28-13 to win the AFC championship, that Jim Caldwell has agreed to continue as offensive coordinator for 2013 and “hopefully for the foreseeable future.”

Caldwell, who was originally hired as quarterbacks coach, took over the play-calling duties in Week 15 after Cam Cameron was fired. The Ravens went 1-2 under Caldwell to end the regular season but showed improvement as quarterback Joe Flacco and the offense has blossomed.

The Ravens have won three consecutive playoff games, Flacco hasn't thrown an interception and they’re running the ball about 10 times more per game.

In his first year as defensive coordinator, Dean Pees has turned around a unit that was decimated by injuries. It shut down the Patriots, the NFL’s highest scoring team, in the second half by holding quarterback Tom Brady without a point.

“Our staff will stay intact next year,” Harbaugh said. “All guys that want to be here will be here and to my knowledge they all want to be back.”

Juan Castillo will be added to the staff as a consultant going for the next two weeks as the Ravens prepare for the San Francisco 49ers.

Once this season is complete, Castillo will become the Ravens’ run-game coordinator. Castillo was fired from his job as defensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles by then-coach Andy Reid at midseason. Reid, who eventually was fired, too, and has resurfaced as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, was interested in bringing Castillo onto staff, according to CSNPhilly.com.

Harbaugh was a special teams and defensive backs coach for the Eagles from 1998-2007.