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Jim Caldwell wants Teryl Austin as his defensive coordinator


With Jim Caldwell taking over as the Lions head coach today, he’s expected to try to dip into some of his old Ravens co-workers.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Caldwell is expected to try to bring Ravens secondary coach Teryl Austin as his defensive coordinator.

Austin was a graduate assistant at Penn State when Caldwell was an assistant there, and followed him to Wake Forest for three years. He’s worked as the Ravens secondary coach the past three seasons.

Caldwell also is expected to take Rutgers offensive coordinator Ron Prince along in some capacity, perhaps as assistant head coach.

Just-fired Ravens running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery is another possibility, as is marginalized Ravens offensive line coach Andy Moeller, since the Ravens announced they were moving run game coordinator Juan Castillo to coach the offensive line next year.

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11 Responses to “Jim Caldwell wants Teryl Austin as his defensive coordinator”
  1. coachjohnharbaugh says: Jan 14, 2014 3:48 PM

    who doesnt want my champion-laden assistant staff?

    but if i have to sacrifice teryl austin to get caldwell the heck out, be gone!

  2. Robinson says: Jan 14, 2014 3:50 PM


  3. dalcow4 says: Jan 14, 2014 3:54 PM

    By the time summer camp closes, Juan Castillo will have moved to receivers coach to QBs/Asst head coach to H-back coordinator.

  4. realfootballfan says: Jan 14, 2014 3:56 PM

    Yea, Lion fans, this sounds as bad as it looks, lol. Ron Prince? Gees.

  5. 33rdasylum says: Jan 14, 2014 3:59 PM

    Take juan more, Jim!

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 14, 2014 4:23 PM

    The ranks of upper echelon employees of NFL teams has gotten a lot more colorful this year.

  7. f1restarter says: Jan 14, 2014 4:28 PM

    Once Caldwell is done with this team, the 0-16 season will begin to look good.

  8. davikes says: Jan 14, 2014 4:48 PM

    The Detroit fans do not deserve the karma they are getting.

  9. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 15, 2014 9:43 AM

    This would be a good hire. I can think of at least 2 great innovative moves this guy created:
    1. how he’d send his d-backs as swivel-less targets to keep Hines Ward busy, instead of just covering him.
    2. that move he taught his safety to turtle-up before a tackle to get hurdled, slowing down the ball-carrier just enough for his teammates to get him.

    Pure brilliance.

  10. guitarkevin says: Jan 15, 2014 9:47 AM

    Don’t worry Detroit, Caldwell wasn’t the total reason the Ravens offense stunk it up in 2013.

    We had an aweful preformance by our new Center Gradkowski.
    A lot of people are blaming Juan Castillo for shaking up the blocking schemes.

    But we lost Q. Pitta was out most of the season, and Rice got injured.

    Good luck to Jim in his new role. I sure hope the Ravens fair out okay as well.

  11. lionsknightvision says: Jan 15, 2014 10:54 AM

    I just want to know as soon as possible does Caldwell switch to a 3-4? I think it could work just need a stud LB. Or move ziggy to olb then have fairly & suh up front with either dein taylor or jason jones.

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