Candidate profiling: Jim Caldwell

January, 9, 2014
Jan 9
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- We continue to examine candidates to replace Mike Munchak as head coach of The Tennessee Titans.

Caldwell
Caldwell
Jim Caldwell, offensive coordinator, Baltimore Ravens

Age: 57

College: Defensive back, Iowa, 1973-76

Pro playing experience: None

College coaching resume: Iowa, graduate assistant, 1977; Southern Illinois, two years as defensive backs coach, one as defensive coordinator, 1978-80; Northwestern, defensive backs coach, 1981; Colorado, one year as outside linebackers coach, two as quarterback and receivers coach, 1982-84; Louisville, defensive backs, 1985; Penn State, first wide receivers coach then quarterback coach and passing game coordinator, 1986-92; Wake Forest, head coach, 1993-2000.

Pro coaching resume: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, quarterbacks coach, 2001; Indianapolis Colts, seven years as quarterbacks coach, three as head coach, 2002-11; Baltimore Ravens, started as quarterback coach, elevated to offensive coordinator in first year, 2012-present.

Titans’ connection: None known.

Influences: Has worked for Joe Paterno, Tony Dungy.

See him talk: Here’s Caldwell in advance of last year’s Baltimore-Denver playoff game.

Also a candidate for: Detroit, Washington.

Jamison Hensley, ESPN Ravens reporter: “With his low-key demeanor and Super Bowl credentials, Caldwell is unlike most of the NFL head coaching candidates out there. He takes a big-picture approach and is open to take input from players and coaches without feeling threatened. Caldwell would be a good hire for a team looking to restore a locker room and want someone who will do so without a heavy hand.

“The question with Caldwell is his track record. He essentially took over Tony Dungy's team in Indianapolis -- or should we say, Peyton Manning's team -- and guided the Colts to a 14-2 record his first season and helped them to a Super Bowl the next season. When Manning was out in 2011, the Colts fell apart and finished 2-14. That could be a red flag. There's no question that Caldwell is a good leader. What teams have to figure out is whether he's a good head coach.”

My thoughts: Earlier this week, I wrote about my feel for Caldwell in the three years I covered the Colts when he was head coach.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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