Wake-up caw: Could Caldwell leave?

January, 2, 2014
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Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell is reportedly drawing interest for two head coaching vacancies, the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins.

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A league source told NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Caldwell will interview for the opening in Detroit. John Wooten, the chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation, confirmed to ESPN.com Redskins reporter John Keim that Caldwell will also interview with Washington.

Caldwell's chances of landing the Lions' job increased when Lovie Smith, who drew interest from Detroit, agreed to become the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday night.

What makes Caldwell attractive to the Lions and Redskins is his extensive background with quarterbacks. Both franchises are looking for their quarterbacks (Matthew Stafford and Robert Griffin III) to take their games to the next level.

What hurts Caldwell is the fact the Ravens finished 29th in offense in his first full season as the play-caller. That wouldn't help anyone's resume.

Caldwell could consider returning to the college ranks. His name has been linked to Penn State, which is looking for a new head coach after Bill O'Brien was hired by the Houston Texans. Caldwell coaches eight seasons at Wake Forest (1993-2000) and has ties with Penn State, where he was the quarterbacks coach from 1986-92.

If Caldwell leaves, the Ravens and Joe Flacco would enter 2014 with their third offensive coordinator in three seasons.

Here's the rest of your wake-up caw ...
  • John Eisenberg, of the team's official website, thinks the Ravens have earned some slack. "Big picture, the Ravens followed up five winning campaigns with their version of a dud. That’s a pretty good ratio," Eisenberg wrote. "It’s when you follow up one dud of a season with another that times get tougher, the public begins to seriously question your methodology and your slack begins to run out."
  • The Baltimore Sun's Mike Preston believes that cornerback Lardarius Webb is a candidate to have his contract restructured. Webb is also scheduled to make $7.5 million next season with a cap figure of $10.5 million.
  • Ravens coach John Harbaugh made it clear that he wants left tackle Eugene Monroe to be re-signed in free agency. As The Carroll County (Md.) Times pointed out, Monroe has never been to a Pro Bowl but he is 26 and graded out as one of the top-10 left tackles in the NFL this year. "I don’t think there’s any question that people feel like Eugene Monroe is a long-term answer at left tackle," Harbaugh said. "For a guy coming in when he came in, and to pick up the offense and perform the way he did, it says a lot."

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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