As Jacksonville G.M. Dave Caldwell compiles the list of candidates for the Jaguars’ head-coaching job, he should look no farther than his own name.
Last name, not first name.
Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, thrust into the position last month as he was preparing to welcome his former pupil, Peyton Manning, to town, has turned around a struggling offense quickly and decisively. The end result? A franchise postseason record 479 yards in an unlikely 38-35 win over the Broncos, the first time the Ravens have beaten Peyton Manning in 10 tries.
It comes a week after Caldwell and company set a franchise postseason record with 439 yards in a 24-9 win over the Colts. In Week 16, the Ravens also racked up 533 yards against the Giants.
Coupled with the fact that Caldwell took the Colts to the Super Bowl in his first year as head coach, the guy needs to at least be on the list of teams that are still looking.
The only problem is that, with Caldwell now unavailable to be interviewed until after the Ravens’ season ends, and with the Ravens’ season lasting at least eight more days and possibly 22, it could be too late for Caldwell this time around.
But if he does with the Baltimore offense next season what he has done with them in the past month, he should be on the short list of guys who get mentioned all season long as eventual candidates for head-coaching jobs.