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Caldwell’s Departure Places Ravens in Headhunting Mode

Street Talk Caldwell’s Departure Places Ravens in Headhunting Mode

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17+ Comments mark says ARE YOU KIDDING????....just look at what Norv Turner did to the team just a few miles down 95..HE DESTROYED THEM..and you want him to come here??..maybe if he b
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The search is on, The Baltimore Ravens offseason just got even more interesting as Jim Caldwell will head to Detroit to become the Lions’ next head coach.

The departure of Caldwell who was given a one-year deal by the Ravens after their Super Bowl victory in 2012 leaves a lot of questions as to who will run the offense in 2014.

Several names have been thrown out their by fans and members of media but the team has remained tight-lipped about their plans.

If the Ravens mantra of “Next Man Up” is followed, it basically leaves two internal candidates in Juan Castillo or wide receivers coach Jim Hostler. Coach Harbaugh announced Castillo would remain with the Ravens in 2014 as the offensive line coach and Hostler, a former offensive coordinator in San Francisco in 2007 was anything but successful. (See my previous post).

Norv Turner, Rob Chudzinski, Mike Sullivan, Gary Kubiak, Ben McAdoo and even Brad Childress are some of the names being mentioned as options for the Ravens offense in 2014.

The Ravens top brass met this past weekend in Florida with owner Steve Bisciotti to discuss business and no doubt to make a decision if Caldwell didn’t return or if the team was going to move on from the Colts former skipper.

Under Caldwell in 2013, the Ravens were 29th in total offense (307.4 yards a game) and 25th in scoring (20 points a game). Joe Flacco, who Caldwell was brought in to mentor, threw more interceptions (22) than touchdown passes (19) and the Ravens failed to make the playoffs for the first time under John Harbaugh.

For now the rumor mill will swirl until the team decides to make an announcement regarding their plans.

Until then let the names fly!

 

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15 comments
mark
mark

ARE YOU KIDDING????....just look at what Norv Turner did to the team just a few miles down 95..HE DESTROYED THEM..and you want him to come here??..maybe if he brought with him Troy Aikmen,Emmit Smith,and Micheal Irvin from 1993!!!!..NOOOOOOOO I SAY..NOOOOOO!!!!....how many teams has he been to the playoofs with since Dallas??..and how did they do in said playoffs??..MOST OVER RATED IN THE NFL TODAY!!!!

Chuck S.
Chuck S.

My concern is the fact that there's been a commitment made to go with Castillo as the line coach....that may scare off any good OC with NFL experience. He should have the latitude to make changes where necessary and the O line was the greatest weakness. The running back coach was already thrown under the bus...why not the O line coach as well. The team is past band aid mode...it's time to re-tool philosophy and personnel...wipe the slate clean.

Rick S
Rick S

During the State of the Ravens press conference, and before Caldwell accepted the HC position with the Lions, HC Harbaugh stated that Juan Castillo had been this past season and will continue to be the offensive line coach, while the rest of the coaching staff was in flux. Seems like a strong commitment to keeping Juan Castillo. Does this mean that a new offensive coordinator would be saddled with Juan Castillo? Or does a new offensive coordinator typically have the latitude to pick his own assistant coaches? If it means that a new offensive coordinator is saddled with Juan Castillo, has HC Harbaugh already tipped his hand that he will be picking a new offensive coordinator by promoting an existing Raven's coach rather than conducting a legitimate search of coaches available outside of the Raven's ranks??? I am getting a bad feeling about next year.

Chad
Chad

Cutcliffe would be awesome and anothe routside of the box move on the Ravens part. Drew at WNST and I discussed this a little on Twitter and I agree this move would be great for the Ravens and Flacco. Think he makes too much money at Duke but you have to pay to get and keep great coaches.

Charlie
Charlie

The San Francisco offense was ranked in 26th in the league in 2006. Who was the OC? It was Norv Turner. His previous OC experience was in 2003 when the Dolphins ranked 24th. Norv Turner certainly buiilt a great reputation as an OC in Dallas, but how much of it can be attributed to having 3 HOF caliber players (Aikman, E. Smith, Michael Irvin) at skill positions? His recent level of success as an OC or head coach has not been as big a success story as the Dallas years. Caveat Emptor.

Tucker: M&T Sec 527
Tucker: M&T Sec 527

I'd like to see Gary Kubiiak or Norv Turner; someone who can demand autonomy. Childress scares me in combo w/ Juan "He's Stayin'... " Castillo & Harbs: that's an ex-Philly Phrat groupthink coalition.

Phil
Phil

I hear Jim Fassel is available...

SDOT
SDOT

When do we ever make splash signings? If Biscotti wants to win he needs to force Harbaughs hand into getting Norv or Kubiak...if we promote any of our staff we will be back here same time next year searching for the next OC

Robbie
Robbie

I have to reason to think that Ozzie and company will make a decision that is best suited for the organization. Whoever is brought into the position to run our Offense I please just beg that you use the weapons around to our advantage and not run, run, pass....punt every series....#RavensNationProud

Aaron
Aaron

Really? We're keeping that crappy Zone Blocking coach named Juan Castillo? Smh. I mean of course, why did I expect anything less....but on topic, I'd rather see Norv Turner as our next OC quite frankly. I wouldn't mind Rob Chudzinski either, but Turner would be my #1 choice.

Jrock
Jrock

There is always Brian Billick. Isn't his specialty calling plays and running a offense. Jk lmao. NORV PLZ

Chuck
Chuck

Norv Turner please.

Shizima
Shizima

Of course he is he isn't called a game in almost a decade. Must be an angry redskins fan in the midst.

Shizima
Shizima

I agree, get Norv, his offense might need a year to hit stride, but if they make Hostler OC, it spells the beginning of the end of the John Harbaugh era.

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