Caldwell watch continues

Caldwell watch continues
January 13, 2014, 10:45 am
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Baltimore Ravens quarterback coach Jim Caldwell prior to the game against the New England Patriots at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Is no news bad news for Jim Caldwell?

The Ravens offensive coordinator has interviewed for three head coaching jobs -- the Redskins, the Titans and the Lions. And although by all accounts Caldwell was well prepared and interviewed well, none of those teams has asked him to put his name on the dotted line as its next head coach.

The Redskins have already made their decision, hiring Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.

The Lions and Titans have not, but both are interested in Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. With San Diego eliminated from the playoffs this past weekend, the Whisenhunt watch will heat up. In fact, he is considered a front-runner with the Lions, and various reports suggest a deal could happen in the next couple of days.

Once Whisenhunt accepts a job -- and it seems almost certain he will land in either Detroit or Tennessee --  the coaching carousel will spin again.

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In addition to Caldwell and Whisenhunt, the Titans reportedly have interest in Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and Seattle coordinators Dan Quinn (defensive coordinstor) and Darrell Bevell (offensive coordinator).

That's a lot of competition for Caldwell. Are all these interviews a sign that they weren't overly wowed by Caldwell, or a case of a team simply doing due diligence on a number of quality candidates? Obviously, the more people interviewed, the worse the odds for Caldwell.

Then, of course, there is the million-dollar question should Caldwell not land a head coaching job: Will he be back as the Ravens offensive coordinator? The speculation is that the Ravens have been mum on the subject as Caldwell has gone through the interview process, but once all the head coaching chairs are filled, Caldwell's future will look a lot clearer. But whether that's in Baltimore remains to be seen.