Coach John Harbaugh waited until the very last moment of his Monday press conference to drop in the biggest news of the day.
Jim Caldwell will return as Ravens offensive coordinator next season and beyond. Caldwell has filled the post since Cam Cameron was fired on Dec. 10. Baltimore lost 34-17 to Denver his first week on the job, but has put up big numbers in the five games since, including the playoffs.
The Ravens have averaged 28.0 points and 431.8 yards over their last five contests.
Harbaugh also said as of now, the plan is for the rest of the staff to remain intact.
“All the guys that want to be here will be here, and to my knowledge, they all want to be back,” Harbaugh said. “So I think that’s a profound positive for our team - the continuity.”
Additionally, Baltimore has hired former Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo to its staff. For now, Castillo will serve as a consultant to help the team prepare for the Super Bowl. After that, he will become the Ravens’ running game coordinator.
Castillo was an offensive assistant with Philadelphia from 1995-2010, coaching the offensive line for 13 seasons. He was then named defensive coordinator in 2011 despite never serving as a defensive coach. He was fired by the Eagles in October.