Castillo consults, strengthens staff for 2013

Castillo consults, strengthens staff for 2013
January 26, 2013, 8:00 pm
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Ravens won't lose focus in run-up to Super Bowl

For now, Juan Castillo is consulting for the Ravens as they get ready to play the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl on Feb. 3.

Next season, he’ll have a new title: Run-game coordinator.

Coach John Harbaugh announced earlier this week that he was bringing Castillo on board as a footnote to end his weekly news conference.

Before Harbaugh came in 2008 to lead Baltimore, he was on staff with Castillo with the Philadelphia Eagles. Castillo was there since 1995 and served as defensive coordinator for almost two seasons until he was fired by then-coach Andy Reid in 2012.

“I had a chance to work with him for 10 years in Philadelphia, so I know this man very well, know his family. He is a very good person. And it’s an opportunity for us to improve our football team, the overall talent pool that we have here,” said Harbaugh, who coached the secondary and special teams with the Eagles.  

Exactly what is a run-game coordinator? It’s a position Harbaugh created after he shifted Jim Caldwell to the permanent job of offensive coordinator for next season. Caldwell, who was in his first season with the Ravens as quarterbacks coach, was promoted to interim play-caller when Cam Cameron was fired after Week 14.

“He’ll be a lead coach in terms of the run game and organizing the run game for us. Of course, he’ll work closely with Jim and all the coaches,” Harbaugh said. “Who’s in charge of what? Guys work together on a staff. Coach Caldwell has done a great job of making that point time and time again. That’s true on the defensive staff, too.”

Castillo was a candidate to reunite with Reid, who was fired by the Eagles, too, and took the head-coaching job with the Kansas City Chiefs, according to CSNPhilly.com.

“He had lots of opportunities on both sides of the ball to be a lot of different things because that’s the kind of coach he is,” Harbaugh said. “It ranges from assistant head coach, an offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator and those things are all things that to a coach of his caliber, those were opportunities that he had, and he chose to come here.”