Caldwell to interview for Titans head coach job

Caldwell to interview for Titans head coach job
January 6, 2014, 8:15 pm
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Ravens clean out their lockers

The Titans will become the third team to interview Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell for a head coaching position this offseason. Caldwell interviewed with the Lions on Friday and the Redskins on Sunday, and is expected to interview with the Titans later this week.

After firing Mike Munchak as head coach on Saturday, the Titans are looking for someone who can help take starting quarterback Jake Locker’s game to another level after three years in the NFL. Caldwell has coached two Super Bowl winning quarterbacks in his career – Peyton Manning and Joe Flacco. That background may give Caldwell an edge, although the Titans’ list of candidates reportedly could include Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, Cowboys special teams coach Rich Bisaccia, Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, and Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin.

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John Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance that promotes racial diversity and equality in the NFL, is glad that Caldwell is drawing more interest than after the Ravens won the Super Bowl last year, and Caldwell did not get an interview. Caldwell was 26-22 in three seasons as the Colts head coach, reaching Super Bowl XLIV before losing to the Saints.

“We think that Jim is very deserving of this,” Wooten said in a Monday telephone interview. “He had a good interview yesterday (Sunday) with the Redskins. I’ve spoken with both sides. We’ll see what happens."

“He has a really good history of quarterback work. You’ll hear Peyton say consistently talk about things that coach Caldwell pointed out to him and how well they worked together. I think he’s in good shape to get a job this time around. Personally, I think one of these jobs is going to happen for him.” If Wooten is right, the Ravens will need new offensive coordinator soon.