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The Ravens will now have Peyton Manning’s former coach working with quarterback Joe Flacco.
Head Coach John Harbaugh officially announced Monday afternoon that the Ravens have hired Jim Caldwell as the team’s quarterbacks coach.
“After spending considerable time with Jim over the last week, we think he will be an excellent fit with our team, coaching the quarterbacks and helping with our offense,” Harbaugh said. “We believe he enhances our staff.”
Caldwell was last with the Indianapolis Colts, where he was the head coach for three seasons. He led Indianapolis to a 26-22 record, won two AFC South titles and made an appearance in Super Bowl XLIV.
But last year Caldwell and the Colts went 2-14 and, as a result, he was replaced by former Ravens Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano.
Caldwell will now go back to tutoring quarterbacks, which he has done for the majority of his 11 years in the NFL. Caldwell was Manning’s quarterbacks coach from 2002 to 2008.
During that time, he helped guide one of the all-time greats to three of his four NFL MVP awards. Manning produced NFL highs in completions (2,482), completion percentage (66.5), passing yards (29,210), passing touchdowns (222) and passer rating (100.5) in those seven years.
“I am really excited to work with Coach Harbaugh, Cam [Cameron] and the rest of the coaching staff,” Caldwell said.
“It’s a great fit for me, and I’m happy they saw it that way. I can’t wait to get started with the Ravens, an organization that from top to bottom is one of the NFL’s best. I’m looking forward to coming to Baltimore.”
The Ravens didn’t have a quarterbacks coach last year as Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron absorbed those duties, putting him in direct daily contact with Flacco and backup Tyrod Taylor.
The last time the Ravens had a quarterbacks coach was in 2010 with Jim Zorn, who handled that role for one season.
Cameron has a history with Caldwell, dating back to Caldwell’s college coaching days at Wake Forest from 1993 to 2000.
“Jim Caldwell’s one of the best quarterbacks coaches over the years at teaching fundamentals that translate to the game and allow quarterbacks to maximize their play,” Cameron said. “I’m really excited about working with him.”
Cameron said he will still be intimately involved with the quarterbacks, as any offensive coordinator would be. But Caldwell will free him up to further focus on other areas of the offense.
“It gives a coordinator flexibility throughout the day to be more and more involved with the other positions, the game-plan adjustments that need to be made,” he said. “It just frees up your time to move away from quarterbacks some. Knowing that Jim Caldwell and that everything will be covered in detail is a plus.”