Caldwell is coming off of his first full season as Baltimore’s offensive coordinator. Hired in 2012 as quarterbacks coach, he replaced Cam Cameron as offensive coordinator with three regular season games remaining and helped spark the Ravens on their Super Bowl run.
Here’s a look at Caldwell’s statistical resume:
Baltimore’s offense ranked 29th in the league this season, averaging 307.4 yards per game. The Ravens ranked 18th in passing with 224.4 yards per game , but only 30th in rushing with 83 yards per game despite having the services of three-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro back Ray Rice.
Baltimore averaged just 20 points a game, eighth fewest in the league.
Caldwell in 2013 helped Flacco post a then-career-high 3,817 passing yards to go with 22 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Flacco went on to earn Super Bowl MVP honors.
Flacco this season topped last year’s career-high passing total, throwing for 3,912 yards. But his touchdown total dipped to 19 while his interception tally increased to 22.
From 2002 to 2008, Caldwell served as Indianapolis’s quarterbacks coach and assistant head coach. He took over as head coach when Tony Dungy retired prior to the 2009 season.
In his first season as head coach, Caldwell and the Colts posted a 14-2 record but lost in the Super Bowl to the Saints.
The next season, they went 10-6 and lost in the wild-card round. In 2011, with Peyton Manning sidelined for the year, the Colts went 2-14, and Caldwell was fired.
The Colts’ offense ranked among the top 10 both in yards and points in each of Caldwell’s two seasons as head coach. And Indianapolis had an average ranking of sixth-best offensively during Caldwell’s seven seasons as an assistant. He, of course, had the benefit of working with a future Hall of Famer at quarterback.
In Caldwell’s lone season as Tampa Bay’s quarterbacks’ coach, Brad Johnson completed 60.8 percent of his passes for 3,406 yards (third most in his career) and 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Prior to joining Dungy in Tampa, Caldwell spent eight seasons as Wake Forest’s head coach, from 1993 to 2000, and his teams posted a combined record of 26-63. His best season came in 1999, when Wake Forest went 7-5 and capped the year with a win in the Aloha Classic.
It’s hard to say how high up on the Redskins’ candidate list Caldwell ranks. Caldwell, who met with Redskins officials, including Bruce Allen, Morocco Brown and Scott Campbell, does bring with him the experience of working with some fine quarterbacks. But his track record as a head coach is limited.
There’s also the question of whether or not he would want the job. He interviewed with Detroit last week and came away from the Lions impressed, describing that job as an unusually good situation. If it came down to the two, the Lions definitely appear to be in more of a win-now mode than the Redskins, who have a fair amount of rebuilding ahead of them.
Also, Dungy himself is on record saying he would never coach for Daniel Snyder. What kind of influence does he have on his former assistant?
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