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Ravens moving Juan Castillo to coach offensive line

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Among the many disappointments for the Ravens this year was the running game, which posted franchise low numbers.

That’s already caused some changes, as running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery was fired. Now, they’re shuffling some other coaches to try to improve things.

Ravens coach Jim Harbaugh just told reporters at a press conference that run game coordinator Juan Castillo would now coach the offensive line, and that other changes could come.

The rest of it is in a little flux,” Harbaugh said, via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.

Presumably, that means something’s changing for offensive line coach Andy Moeller, who has been there the last six years.

Harbaugh has defended Castillo fervently as one of the best teachers on his staff, and moving him into job that will likely feature several new parts next season speaks to the emphasis they want to put on the run game.

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32 Responses to “Ravens moving Juan Castillo to coach offensive line”
  1. thebrownswillalwaysloose says: Jan 8, 2014 11:01 AM

    This was not what I wanted to hear. The guy comes in and completely changes all the schemes and terminology of an already successful o-line that just won the Superbowl and turned it into crap! Now he stays? And Caldwell probably isn’t going anywhere so this is going to make the off-season harder to get into leading up to next year.

  2. bcfalcon says: Jan 8, 2014 11:06 AM

    *Ravens coach JOHN Harbaugh!

  3. ballinmore says: Jan 8, 2014 11:08 AM

    What a garbage move. John Harbaugh needed to step up and fire his buddy from his Philly days and stuck by him instead. These are the types of moves that end up costing head coaches their jobs. Man up John.

  4. gochargersgo says: Jan 8, 2014 11:09 AM

    Maybe the reasoning here is that he was so bad at coaching a run defense for Philadelphia that naturally you’d expect him to be able to coach a good rushing offense.

  5. cfeeley52 says: Jan 8, 2014 11:14 AM

    Here comes the next Cam Cameron… I love Harbaugh as a coach, but he needs to stop helping out his friends. The run game was fine last year until we brought in this clown and now we’re giving him a promotion!?!?

  6. ingraven says: Jan 8, 2014 11:16 AM

    Things like this make it frustrating to be a fan.

  7. edhochuli says: Jan 8, 2014 11:19 AM

    Why not move him to defensive coordinator?

  8. bassplucker says: Jan 8, 2014 11:20 AM

    Isn’t this the guy who had like 3 or 4 different coaching positions with the Eagles and didn’t do well at any of them?

    Maybe he’s just not good. It’s OK for teams to acknowledge that sometimes.

  9. granadafan says: Jan 8, 2014 11:21 AM

    Why do team’s continue to put Castillo where he’s in over his head? He’s a great line coach and should stay there, not defensive coordinator and not running backs.

  10. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 8, 2014 11:26 AM

    And the Waterboy strategy continues.

  11. wrossi81 says: Jan 8, 2014 11:28 AM

    Castillo was the offensive line coach for the Eagles before he was the defensive coordinator. He was good at it. It makes more sense than having him as the run game coordinator.

  12. ddslax1 says: Jan 8, 2014 11:32 AM

    Let me get this. Running game was good 1st 5 years Montgomery was here. Castillo comes, changes are made on line and running game stinks. So what does Harbaugh do? Fire Montgomery and Promote Castillo! Makes no sense!

  13. yyyass says: Jan 8, 2014 11:34 AM

    How many effing coaches does Harbaugh need? An OC, a “run-game coordinator”, a OL coordinator, A RB coach…. do we have a “passing game coordinator” in addition to a receivers coach too? It’s reported we have more coaches than any other franchise – one per every three players. What in God’s name do all these guys do for 40 hours a week to earn their paychecks, except apparently try to re-invent everything to justify their existence?

  14. mancave001 says: Jan 8, 2014 11:34 AM

    thebrownswillalwaysloose says:
    Jan 8, 2014 11:01 AM
    This was not what I wanted to hear. The guy comes in and completely changes all the schemes and terminology of an already successful o-line that just won the Superbowl and turned it into crap! Now he stays? And Caldwell probably isn’t going anywhere so this is going to make the off-season harder to get into leading up to next year.
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    What an uninformed comment. Juan Castillo coached the best offensive line in the NFL for a decade. He is probably the best OL coach in the game. He was terrible as a DC, but OL is where his expertise is. And if you’re blaming him for “changing terminology” and “changing it into crap,” I just don’t know where to begin. I guess we should begin with Flacco being horribly overrated, you having no real receivers, your defense not being what it once was, and Ray Rice hitting the wall early.

  15. hakunamangata says: Jan 8, 2014 11:35 AM

    It’s good to show contempt to your fans.

  16. coachjohnharbaugh says: Jan 8, 2014 11:39 AM

    i’d rather have juan pablo be my oline coach

  17. 23rdusernameused says: Jan 8, 2014 11:46 AM

    Juan was a good OL coach in philly, for a long time too! Coaching the D, not so much! Maybe this change will help.

  18. daytonaken says: Jan 8, 2014 11:49 AM

    Harbs, can I be the offensive line coach? I’ll be your BFF!

  19. freevinnycurry says: Jan 8, 2014 11:49 AM

    This doesn’t make sense – you should move him to defensive coordinator!

  20. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 8, 2014 11:51 AM

    Leave cabron alone.

  21. Joemontanaflacco says: Jan 8, 2014 11:58 AM

    This is a good move. All you armchair coaches should be out there interviewing instead of griping on PFT. It’s not like there aren’t any vacancies.

  22. thebrownswillalwaysloose says: Jan 8, 2014 12:17 PM

    @mancave001
    I don’t care WHAT HE DID IN THE PAST!
    Your the one who’s uninformed. It’s been well documented that Castillo clashed with players and coaches alike this past season. Plus, (didn’t I say this already) he took something that was working and screwed it up (something else that’s been well documented!) True, it isn’t all his fault and the players deserve some blame, but if they left the same system in place the Ravens could be in the playoffs right now. All season Castillo and Caldwell continued the same, weak game plan and turned a Super Bowl winning offense into one of the worst in the league. Somebody should be held accountable but (once again) Harbaugh is sticking with his buddy. Thank goodness the Ravens owner made him fire his buddy last year or the Ravens would not have one a Super Bowl.

  23. missingsock215 says: Jan 8, 2014 12:28 PM

    Juan and Done.

  24. dankil13 says: Jan 8, 2014 12:51 PM

    Castillo was a very good and very well respected offensive line coach while in Philly… he was completely lost and in over his head as a defensive coordinator. Maybe he butted heads last year, but it seems to me when you have so many coaches who all have their own philosophy if these guys aren’t on the same page than the players will get mixed messages and there will be some issues.

  25. blackngold4life says: Jan 8, 2014 1:07 PM

    Wasn’t this the plan from the start ..before Harbaugh gave him that falonious title of “Run game coordinator”

  26. guitarkevin says: Jan 8, 2014 1:17 PM

    I wonder if their going to hire a Head Coach Coordinator?

  27. bleedgreen says: Jan 8, 2014 1:24 PM

    Uh… I hate to break this to some of you, but the Ravens’ O-Line SUCKED until Castillo was brought in BEFORE THE PLAYOFFS LAST YEAR. He shuffled things around and got the best out of McKinney and Oher. THATS the primary reason they were successful in the playoffs last year.

    As an Eagles fan, if there is sufficient talent on the O-Line, Castillo will bring it out. Once the talent starts to fade or sign elsewhere, you can’t teach smarts or strength. Its up to the GM to get the players.

  28. upperdecker19 says: Jan 8, 2014 2:01 PM

    Juan must have incriminating photos of someone out there to keep getting these gigs.

  29. johnnybgood19 says: Jan 8, 2014 3:38 PM

    He could be Moses and he couldn’t lead this team… teach all you want you got to have tools and with Ray Rice as your main back you will not have a running game in the future…..

    I’m sure that the ratbirds will draft to help the oline but unless they strike gold it will take two years before you’ll see any help from the draft and with all the big contracts on this team the free agent market is not an option….

    So good luck Mr Castillo!

  30. mrpkg says: Jan 8, 2014 3:55 PM

    Shuffling coaches = Shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic.

    This team is going down — fast.

  31. europoljuice says: Jan 8, 2014 4:23 PM

    This makes no sense at all! How can you have the worst O Line and a offence that was inept , and then keep your job!! Really??? Castillo should have been Fired just like they did to CAM last year! And Caldwell should have been On Notice! Its a joke. I see Harbaugh is taking care of his own!! What a Shame!

  32. leksington says: Jan 9, 2014 4:56 PM

    bleedgreen says:
    Jan 8, 2014 1:24 PM
    Uh… I hate to break this to some of you, but the Ravens’ O-Line SUCKED until Castillo was brought in BEFORE THE PLAYOFFS LAST YEAR. He shuffled things around and got the best out of McKinney and Oher. THATS the primary reason they were successful in the playoffs last year.

    As an Eagles fan, if there is sufficient talent on the O-Line, Castillo will bring it out. Once the talent starts to fade or sign elsewhere, you can’t teach smarts or strength. Its up to the GM to get the players.
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    lol!
    Castillo wasn’t hired until the end of January of 2013. He had virtually no impact on the Super Bowl.

    P.S. Your Eagles allowed 17 less sacks the year they moved from Castillo to Howard Mudd. Castillo is way over-rated.

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