Jim Caldwell completed his second interview in three days over the weekend, meeting with the Washington Redskins about their open head coaching position on Sunday.
This followed a Friday interview Caldwell had with the Detroit Lions. Both the Lions (Jim Schwartz) and Redskins (Mike Shanahan) fired their head coaches following disappointing seasons. Caldwell has previous head coaching experience, as he was at the helm of the Indianapolis Colts for three years before being ousted following a Peyton Manning-less 2-14 season in 2011.
Caldwell was revered in Baltimore following the 2012 postseason, which saw the Ravens go on to win the Super Bowl. During that playoff run, quarterback Joe Flacco threw 11 touchdowns to zero interceptions, with the offense finding a groove at the right time of the season.
This season, attitudes across the city changed, as Caldwell's offense struggled from the onset to the conclusion, finishing in the bottom half of the NFL in all of the major offensive categories.
It makes for an interesting argument — some Ravens fans blame Caldwell for the season's failures may actually want him to get one of the open head coaching jobs. That said, it's been reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter that the Lions' job is Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt's to lose. So for that faction of the fan base, the open Redskins job may be the only open position available to Caldwell.
But there were a ton of factors involved to the poor season on offense. The offensive line was a disaster. Ray Rice battled injuries all year. Flacco threw a career-high 22 interceptions without Anquan Boldin in the offense. Dennis Pitta fractured and dislocated his hip, leaving the Ravens without an inside presence to throw the ball to.
So maybe with a more talented and developed roster, Caldwell could succeed as Baltimore's offensive coordinator.
But that'll be something for the Ravens' fan base to debate about.
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