Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell was credited with helping the Ravens win the Super Bowl last season, as he replaced Cam Cameron, who currently leads the LSU Tigers offense, during the regular season. The move from John Harbaugh and the Ravens sparked a turn-around, and the offense was more efficiently managed and did a better job of showcasing the talent of the running backs and allowed Joe Flacco to have some more success. Things haven’t been so breezy for Caldwell and the Ravens offense this year, though, as neither Flacco nor the running game have been any good this season; much of those struggles, especially that of the running backs, can be placed on some horrible blocking up front.
Despite the Ravens struggles on offense in 2013, Jim Caldwell is a legitimate head coaching candidate this offseason and has already received a pair of interview requests. Not only will he interview with the Detroit Lions, but the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Caldwell will also interview with the Washington Redskins.
Although he isn’t the strongest head coaching candidate around, I could see him being a legitimate contender for a gig, especially the Redskins position. While coaching the Redskins isn’t exactly attractive due to stubborn owner Dan Snyder, Caldwell could be a great fit due to his calm demeanor. Coaches who employ vanilla schemes without embellishments are usually able to get the most out of raw quarterbacks like Robert Griffin III, and I like the Redskins decision to show interest in Caldwell. He could really help RG3 out, but Caldwell would also need strong coaches around him in order to be the best option for this team.
Keep an eye out on Caldwell, even if he is just a darkhorse option for the Redskins.