Jim Caldwell, the fourth African-American head coach to appear in an NFL Super Bowl, has made Baltimore, Md. his new home after recently joining the coaching staff of the Baltimore Ravens. Caldwell was named the new quarterbacks coach for the Ravens, the team announced on Jan. 30.
The Ravens made the hire after Caldwell was fired from his head coaching position with the Indianapolis Colts. He had served as head coach for the Colts from the 2009 season through 2011, leading Indy to the Super Bowl during his first year. But Colts’ ownership decided to clean house and rebuild after longtime franchise star Peyton Manning went down with a season-ending neck injury last year, causing the team to win only two games during the 2011 season.
Caldwell told reporters he’s excited about the new coaching opportunity in Baltimore.
“I am really excited to work with Harbaugh, Cam and the rest of the coaching staff,” said Caldwell, the only Black head coach to reach the Super Bowl besides Tony Dungy, Lovie Smith and Mike Tomlin. “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.”
Before taking over as head coach in 2009, Caldwell had served as the Colts quarterbacks coach from 2002-’08, helping develop Manning into an elite passer.
He’ll now focus on helping Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco advance to a higher level of efficiency.
“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,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said in a statement.
“We believe he enhances our staff. Jim has a tremendous history coaching at the college and pro level, especially working with quarterbacks and providing help with offenses. The timing is right to add a quarterbacks coach after (offensive coordinator) Cam (Cameron) and Joe (Flacco) worked so closely and well together this year. It’s the right step for us now.”