Flacco and new OC


Whoever replaces Jim Caldwell as Ravens offensive coordinator will need to have a strong working relationship with quarterback Joe Flacco. This million dollar quarterback will be the centerpiece of whatever the Ravens do offensively for the future.

The Ravens has had their share of offensive coordinators. This new coach will be the third one in less than two years. However, Flacco is not going anywhere, especially since he signed a six-year 120.6 million contract last offseason.

So there must be “chemistry” between Flacco and the new coordinator. If the Ravens offense struggles again next season, the new coordinator might not be around long.

Flacco had ups and downs working with Caldwell, winning a Super Bowl last February, but suffering through a disappointing 2013 season that included a career-high 22 interceptions. The Ravens ranked 29th in total offense last season.

Hopefully, the relationship between offensive coordinator and quarterback will develop into a winning season

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Justin Tucker Does Not Want Extra Points Eliminated


Ravens kicker Justin Tucker definitely has a problem with the NFL eliminating the extra point play.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the NFL’s competition committee would consider eliminating the extra point. If this goes through, the touchdown would be worth seven points and the team would have the option of going for an 8th point with a run or pass play. If that team does not get the 8th point, then the touchdown will only be worth six points. Last season, the kickoff was moved from the 30 to the 35 yard line to prevent major collisions.

“For what it’s worth, I like the extra point. Tucker said. “I like doing my job ad I think it’s one of those things in the game that sometimes is taken for granted.”


Kyle Shanahan interviewing for Ravens offensive coordinator position


It has been reported that the Baltimore Ravens have interviewed Kyke Shanahan for their vacant offensive coordinator position.

This will be his second interview. His first interview was with the Miami Dolphins for their offensive coordinator position. Instead, Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor was hired.

Kyle Shanahan was the offensive coordinator and he was working with his father Mike Shanahan with the Washington Redskins before his father was dismissed this month after a losing season.

He has had a rewarding career until 2013. In 2006, at age 27, he was the wide receivers coach for the Houston Texans. He was the youngest position coach in the NFL. In 2008, he was promoted to offensive coordinator and became the youngest coordinator in the NFL. He was offensive coordinator for two years when the Texans ranked in the top five in total and passing yards. In 2009, the Texans became the NFL’s top passing team.

His problems were in 2013. Washington Redskins finished the season 3-13. First, his father was fired, then a few hours later Kyle was fired. There were rumors floating around about his shaky relationship with quarterback Robert Griffin III.

It appears that he had a bad relationship with the quarterback. This bad relationship must have caused the team to lose so badly. This 34-year-old man has a winning record. So what he is young? Maybe that is what the NFL needs.

Looking for new OC

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Head Coach John Harbaugh will have to start searching a little harder for a new offensive coordinator. Former Offensive Coordinator Jim Caldwell is now the new Head Coach for the Detroit Lions. This will be the 3rd offensive coordinator for the Ravens in 13 months.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh released a statement updating the offensive coordinator search, saying, “We will be interviewing candidates inside and outside the building. We’re confident that whether we select someone currently on our staff or from another team, we will have a coach that best fits what we want to be, where we want to go and understands what Ravens football is all about. “I have a profile in mind and we are excited about those who have shown interest in the job.”

Some rumored candidates includes internal Wide Receivers Coach Jim Hostler, Cleveland Browns Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner, former Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak and Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress.

In the past, Harbaugh has promoted from within. Thus far, he has promoted three defensive coordinators, Greg Mattison, Chuck Pagano and Dean Pees. Caldwell was also an internal promotion from quarterbacks coach.

This was the first time in six years that the Ravens did not make the play-offs. The first time not making the play-offs under Head Coach John Harbaugh. Harbaugh considers the franchise and team being attractive to many players and coaches alike for that reason. “We will have a coaching staff that will get the most out of our players.”

Make a wise choice Mr. Harbaugh. Your fans are depending on it.


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Reactions to Jim Caldwell leaving


Jim Caldwell has been hired as the Head Coach of the Detroit Lions. Caldwell is leaving Baltimore after two seasons. The first season he was a quarterbacks coach and later that same season after the firing of Cam Cameron, he became the offensive coordinator. Under is his command, he led the team to victory at Super Bowl XLVII. Unfortunately, things were much different for the last season.

Many of the players speak very highly of this coach.

“I enjoyed my time with Jim greatly,” quarterback Joe Flacco said. “He is a man that I will always respect as a football coach, leader and a friend. Through his calming influence and extensive knowledge of the game, he was an integral part of our success over the past few years. He will be missed by me and the Ravens. I wish him the best of luck in Detroit.”

“Congrats to Coach Caldwell,” wide receiver Torrey Smith wrote. “Great coach/teacher and even better person … he always taught us something new. … he will do well in Detroit.”

“Very happy for coach Caldwell,” center Gino Gradkowski said. “He is a great coach and a great person. I think Detroit is lucky to have him.”

General Manager Ozzie Newsome released a statement:

“I believe it would be difficult to find anyone with the Ravens who is more respected than Jim Caldwell. That includes players, coaches and other staff members. He earned that because of the person he is and his extensive knowledge about football, including the keys to winning and his ability to teach all of that. Personally, it is a privilege to know him, and it was an honor to work with him. We put Jim in a difficult position a year ago when we named him offensive coordinator late in the season. All he did was help us turn our offense around, and we won the Super Bowl. He has many strengths, but one that is sometimes overlooked is his ability to bring a coaching staff together. He has already succeeded as a head coach, and he will again in Detroit.”

“We are all so happy for Jim,” Harbaugh said. “He deserves this opportunity, and I congratulate the Lions for selecting him. We’re disappointed that we’ve lost Jim.”

Caldwell was obviously a well-respected man by the players, coaches and staff.

I wish him well.

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Jim Caldwell Hired as Detroit Lions Head Coach


Say goodbye to the Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell. he is leaving to become the Head Coach of the Detroit Lions.

He spend two seasons with the Ravens. His first position was quarterback coach and after the firing of Cam Cameron, Caldwell became the offensive coordinator.

In his first season with the Ravens, Caldwell helped the Ravens to the Superbowl.

Good luck Mr. Caldwell.

Justin Tucker named Pro Football Writers All-NFL Team


Justin Tucker has been collecting trophies this season. On Monday, he was named to the Pro Football Writers All-NFL team by the Pro Writers Association. He is the only kicker on the team and the only Raven. With a season of 8-8, it is not surprising. Tucker kicked his way to the Pro Bowl.

Tucker has been named Ravens MVP by the Baltimore media and will be heading to beautiful Hawaii for his first Pro Bowl on January 26th.

Tucker made 38 of 41 field goal attempts and set the Ravens single season record with 140 points and 38 field goals. During a part of the season, he had a streak of 33 straight.

Tucker had six field goal attempts at 50 yards, including the 61 yard field goal in Week 15 against the Detroit Lions.

Way to go Tuck!!

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