Three -and-out: Ravens off season blueprint
Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell will interview with the Redskins for their vacant head coach position Sunday, an NFL source has confirmed. Caldwell interviewed with the Lions on Friday, and sounded excited about that opportunity as well. The chance to work with Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and star wide receiver Calvin Johnson intrigues Caldwell, who has coached two Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks– Peyton Manning and Joe Flacco.
“This is an unusual situation, because of the fact that you don’t typically walk into a place that has a talented quarterback, one of the best receivers in all the game and just a fine nucleus,” Caldwell told detroitlions.com, the team’s website.
The Lions are viewed as a team that underachieved (7-9) under fired head coach Jim Schwartz, unable to win the NFC North during a season when quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers of the Packers and Jay Cutler of the Bears missed significant time due to injuries. With Stafford, Johnson, and running back Reggie Bush, the Lions would certainly offer Caldwell weapons to work with.
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However, the Lions have a long list of candidates for the job that includes Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr., Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, and Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. Caldwell is the first Lions candidate to interview, and he is also a candidate in the Redskins head coach search.
If Caldwell gets either job, he may want to take at least one coach on the Ravens’ staff with him. Clearly, more changes in the Ravens’ staff could be coming. Running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery was fired Friday, and run game coordinator Juan Castillo received plenty of criticism this season, despite getting support from head coach John Harbaugh on Tuesday.
The next few weeks will be interesting for Caldwell and the Ravens’ coaching staff.