Jim Caldwell is here to stay.
Head Coach John Harbaugh announced Monday that Caldwell will stay on as the team’s offensive coordinator next year and for the foreseeable future.
Caldwell was previously operating on an interim basis, but has proven himself with sparkling results.
Since Caldwell took over for Cam Cameron in Week 15, the Ravens offense has averaged nearly 31 points in the four games in which starters played throughout.
The Ravens averaged 417 yards in those games. They were averaging 344 yards per game previous to Caldwell taking over play-calling duties.
Baltimore’s offense put up 21 points in the second half of Sunday’s AFC championship game in Foxborough, largely due to a mid-game shift of strategy to go to the air and challenge the Patriots linebackers and secondary.
Overall, however, Baltimore didn’t make drastic changes to the system in place.
But Caldwell, who is calling plays for the first time in his 11-year NFL career, has shown some wrinkles. The Ravens are taking consistent shots deep down the field, yet feeding running back Ray Rice. They have moved Flacco in and out of the pocket more.