On Tuesday, coach John Harbaugh said he expected members of his staff to draw interest for openings around the league, and the calls have started to trickle in.
Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell is expected to interview for head coaching openings with the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins, according to The Sun. Caldwell just completed his second season with Baltimore and first full year as the team’s offensive coordinator. He has plenty of experience running a team, as he served as Indianapolis Colts head coach from 2009-11 and Wake Forest head coach from 1993-2000.
Caldwell’s interview with the Lions is slated for Friday, while the Redskins have requested and been granted permission to talk to him.
Caldwell isn’t the only Ravens coach popping up in rumors in recent days. Harbaugh has been mentioned in rumors regarding Michigan and Southern California.
The latest report claims that Harbaugh would accept Michigan’s head coaching job if it opened up and was offered. It’s not the first time the Harbaugh-to-college rumors have been leaked. He’s been connected to Michigan in past years, and in November was mentioned in a string of rumors calling him a top target for Texas, USC and the Wolverines.
It very well might be true, all of it. But remember this: The Ravens signed him to a four-year extension worth about $7 million per year at the beginning of the season, a contract that runs through 2016.
That would be an awful lot of money and security to leave on the table even if you get a healthy paycheck leading a powerhouse college program. It will be worth watching as the offseason unfolds and as the years pass. But my guess is he would have a hard time leaving Baltimore coming off his worst record as an NFL head coach, especially with the Ravens still in transition, even if just because of appearances.