Caldwell’s Departure Places Ravens in Headhunting Mode

Street Talk Caldwell’s Departure Places Ravens in Headhunting Mode

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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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Brian Bower is avid football fan, born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He has covered the Baltimore Ravens and NFL player positives in the community for the past 6 years. This will be his 3rd season with the Russell Street Report. His work has been featured on, ESPN blogs, Comcast SportsNet Baltimore, as well as the Baltimore Ravens web page. He is also a regular guest on local radio and ESPN Radio in Honolulu, Hawaii. Brian is very involved in the community and has spent the last twenty years as a volunteer firefighter. Email him at [email protected] More from Brian Bower


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