Jim Caldwell is expected to hire Ravens secondary coach Teryl Austin as his defensive coordinator in Detroit, according to The Baltimore Sun. He could also bring offensive line coach Andy Moeller (the Ravens have already named Juan Castillo their offensive line coach) and former Ravens running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery with him to Detroit.
A potential name to watch for the Ravens' offensive coordinator position is is Auburn's Rhett Lashlee, according to Gerry Sandusky, a local television broadcaster and the play-by-play announcer on the Ravens' radio broadcasts. In one season as the offensive coordinator at Auburn, Lashlee helped turn around the 118th-ranked offense in 2012 to the No. 11 one last season. Head coach Gus Malzahn serves as the lead play-caller, but Lashlee handles the meetings and game-planning. This would be an outside-the-box hire. He's also 30 years old, which is two years older than quarterback Joe Flacco.
Flacco will be on his third offensive coordinator in a span of 13 months with Caldwell going to the Lions. “I enjoyed my time with Jim greatly,” Flacco told the team's official website. “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.”
The new offensive coordinator, whoever that might be, needs to get the most out of Flacco's strong arm, according to The Baltimore Sun's Matt Vensel. "Yes, the erratic deep passing game can be frustrating -- and it was for much of this season, when Flacco wasn’t clicking with his receivers -- but it fits his skill set best," Vensel wrote.
In belated news, kicker Justin Tucker was named to the Pro Football Writers' All-NFL team. If you're not keeping track at home, Tucker was named to the Pro Bowl and All-Pro teams as well as being recognized as the team Most Valuable Player by reporters who cover the Ravens.