Jim Caldwell dreams of another shot at head coaching
"At some point in time, I'd love to be able to do it again," the Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell said of exploring other head coaching opportunities. “Everybody in our profession is looking for an opportunity to run their own program, and I'm no different than anybody else in that regard."
Jim Caldwell replaced Cam Cameron as the new offensive coordinator after he was fired with just four games remaining in the regular season. The 28-year-old Jim Caldwell played a major role in reviving the Baltimore Ravens offense, which was averaging 19.25 points and 322.5 yards per game up until Dec. 10. However, with Jim Caldwell picking up the offensive calling duties, the Baltimore Ravens running game quickly progressed and never looked back, with the offense averaging 26.2 points and 40.2 yards per game in the last six appearances.
Additionally, Jim Caldwell had a fundamental role in improving quarterback Joe Falcco’s game late in the season. Joe Falcco’s averaging 284.3 passing yards and a quarterback rating of 114.7 through the past three postseason games. His efficiency has also seen a boost, as Joe Flacco has eight touchdowns and zero interception in the postseason. Earlier, in the final four regular season games, Joe Flacco was already marking his way to improvement averaging 222.3 passing yards and a 86.3 quarterback rating en route to the playoffs as the Baltimore Ravens finished with a 10-6 record.
Based on Jim Caldwell’s contribution towards catapulting the Baltimore Ravens into next Sunday’s Super Bowl, the team already locked him for the next season. But Jim Caldwell is too engrossed in enjoying the Baltimore Ravens recent success even if it has kept him from exploring any head coaching options.
"None whatsoever. I'd certainly rather be right where I am right now,” Jim Caldwell rejected the notion of harboring any disappointment over missing head coaching due to his commitment with the Baltimore Ravens. "It just doesn't happen that often in your career to be fortunate enough to have this opportunity. I'm thankful. The other things, they'll take care of themselves somewhere down the road."
However, the former Indianapolis Colts head coach (2009-2011) Jim Caldwell would have generated a lot of interest if he were available for head coaching interviews. In his first season on the job, Jim Caldwell led the Indianapolis Colts, who finished with a 14-2 record, to the Super Bowl where they lost to the New Orleans Saints. The next season the Indianapolis Colts again made the playoffs, eventually losing to the New York Jets in the Wildcard round.
“I have had a couple of GMs tell me, ‘If it wasn't for your guys' success in the playoffs, that (Jim Caldwell) would have been someone that we would have interviewed,'” said Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome. “Hopefully, next year we'll be in the same spot and it will be tough for him to get interviews again. But I can see him getting that opportunity a year from now.”