Harbaugh excited to have Jim Caldwell, Juan Castillo
The synchronicity between quarterback Joe Flacco and offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell is evident.
While Flacco lauds him with words, the union has produced results on the field as the Ravens are heading to face the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl in New Orleans in two weeks.
Flacco has thrown 8 TDs and 0 INTs in three playoff victories, leading the Ravens to wins vs. Indianapolis Colts and at the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots.
In a 38-35 double-overtime victory in Denver, Flacco showcased his deep throwing ability with TD passes of 70, 59 and 32 yards. In a 28-13 at New England, Flacco used a ball-control, methodical approach as he threw 3 TD passes in the second half of 3, 5 and 11 yards.
“Our relationship has been great all year,” Flacco said. “It was awesome to have him in the room as a QB coach and have the talks and be around each other a lot so you can have honest conversations and grow your relationship.”
After Flacco spoke Monday, coach John Harbaugh announced that Caldwell will remain as the Ravens’ play-caller for 2013. Even though Caldwell was the assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach for the Colts, who then had Peyton Manning and won a Super Bowl in 2007, from 2002-08. He was the head coach of the Colts from 2009-11 before coming to Baltimore.
Caldwell replaced Cam Cameron after a Week 14 loss to the Washington Redskins in overtime. After a fast start, Flacco had two turnovers in the second half of that game.
It was typical of a Ravens offense that fluctuated and had trouble stringing together four solid quarters of play. After beginning the season with the no-huddle offense, the Ravens had all but eliminated it by the Redskins loss and only used it on four plays.
The running game under Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce has improved significantly, too. The Ravens are running the ball about 10 times more per game and averaging more than 50 yards extra. Everyone is benefiting.
“It has been easy to talk to him about certain things and make changes,” Flacco said. "Make adjustments, and things like that."