Jim Caldwell has now gone from the team with the worst record in the AFC to a team that was one play away from being the conference’s representative in the Super Bowl.
The Ravens announced today that they’ve officially hired Caldwell, previously the head coach of the Colts, as their quarterbacks coach.
“After spending considerable time with Jim over the last week, we think he will be an excellent fit with our team, coaching the quarterbacks and helping with our offense,” head coach John Harbaugh said in a statement. “We believe he enhances our staff. Jim has a tremendous history coaching at the college and pro level, especially working with quarterbacks and providing help with offenses.”
Caldwell spent the last three seasons as the Colts’ head coach, and the seven seasons before that as Indianapolis’ quarterbacks coach. In that time, he helped guide quarterback Peyton Manning to three of his four NFL MVP awards.
Manning also produced NFL highs in completions (2,482), completion percentage (66.5), passing yards (29,210), passing touchdowns (222) and passer rating (100.5) during the seven seasons with Caldwell as his quarterbacks coach.
We’ll have to see how Caldwell will mesh with Joe Flacco, who has shown flashes of excellence during his four seasons with the Ravens, but has not exhibited that level of play on a consistent basis.
“I am really excited to work with Coach Harbaugh, Cam and the rest of the coaching staff,” Caldwell said. “It’s a great fit for me, and I’m happy they saw it that way. I can’t wait to get started with the Ravens, an organization that from top to bottom is one of the NFL’s best. I’m looking forward to coming to Baltimore.”
The Ravens did not have a quarterbacks coach last season; Cam Cameron and offensive assistant Craig Ver Steeg picked up those duties. Harbaugh said he wanted to add someone in that role for next season.
“The timing is right to add a quarterbacks coach after Cam and Joe worked so closely and well together this year,” Harbaugh said. “It’s the right step for us now.”