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4 Takes: QB Coach Caldwell the right move for Flacco?

4 TAKES: “Is hiring Jim Caldwell as QB Coach the right move? 

The Baltimore Ravens recently hired former Indianapolis head coach Jim Caldwell as their quarterback coach. As described, “The 57-year-old Caldwell was fired by the Colts on Jan. 17 following a 2-14 season. He went 26-22 in three years with Indianapolis, including a Super Bowl appearance.” Caldwell worked with QB Peyton Manning for 10 seasons.  The Ravens interviewed Caldwell “four years ago when he was being interviewed by the Ravens for their head-coaching job.”

Is this is a good move? Will Caldwell improve Flacco’s game? The Baltimore Gridiron contributors give their ‘Take.’

Jonathan Scruggs: 

Peyton Manning was a very good quarterback that was turned into a great one by Jim Caldwell. At least, that’s according to Peyton Manning. I don’t see any way in which this situation hurts Joe, unless Caldwell is really here to try and win an Offensive Coordinator position and creates a rift between Flacco and Cameron. But I don’t really buy in to all that cloak and dagger stuff. At least not always….

Gene Winner:

Some coaches are technicians. That is, Caldwell may have had his ups and downs as a head coach, but as far as his work as a quarterback coach he has a proven track record.  I don’t see this move hurting Flacco’s progress. As far as the dynamics of working with a new coach, Flacco has proven he can roll with the changes within the organization. The key will be the play calling by Cam Cameron –he has to open up the playbook for Flacco to be successful.

Matt Jergensen:

I like this move for several reasons. First we needed a Quarterbacks coach. I never quite understood the logic of letting Jim Zorn go and then not replacing him. That decision allowed Cam Cameron to have total control of the offense with only one dissenting opinion in the room. Second, Caldwell may have been a questionable Head Coach but he’s been acknowledged as a “Quarterback Whisperer” who has been able to coax the best out of players at the position. He should be able to help Flacco continue to improve on his weaknesses. Third, I still don’t buy that Cam Cameron was “under fire” last season but with Caldwell in house and with experience as an Offensive Coordinator if Cameron’s unit sputters out of the gate in 2012 the Ravens have options.

Ben Zinman:

Recent history indicates Jim Caldwell has done well developing a QB and helped create an offense that was able to go to two Super Bowls, winning one, in addition to being in the playoffs from 2002-2010. If the relationship between Cam and Joe is a little frosty then the addition of Caldwell should be a positive step in the right direction and hopefully increase the Ravens ability to score in a variety of situations.

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