Jim Caldwell will remain the Baltimore Ravens’ offensive coordinator next season.
Caldwell moved from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator on Dec. 9 after coach John Harbaugh fired Cam Cameron.
With Caldwell directing the offense, the Ravens have won three straight playoff games to advance to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 2000 season. This is the first time Caldwell has served as an offensive coordinator at any level.
Harbaugh made the announcement Monday, saying Caldwell will be the team’s offensive coordinator “hopefully into the foreseeable future.”
Brady’s slide draws ire of Ravens’ safety
Tom Brady’s foot-up slide in the AFC championship game did not sit well with Baltimore Ravens strong safety Bernard Pollard.
During the final minute of the first half, Brady slid to the ground on the end of an impromptu run. The quarterback’s upraised leg hit onrushing Ravens free safety Ed Reed, who emerged from the play without injury.
But Pollard believes Brady should be disciplined by the NFL, which levies fines on defensive players for helmet-to-helmet hits.
Pollard said Monday, “If you want to keep this going in the right direction, everyone should be penalized for their actions.”
Arians hires Moore, Bowles, Goodwin
New Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has filled his top assistant coaching positions by hiring Todd Bowles as defensive coordinator, Harold Goodwin as offensive coordinator and Tom Moore as assistant head coach/offense.
Moore’s addition is intriguing. He has 34 years’ experience as an NFL assistant, 12 years as Peyton Manning’s offensive coordinator with the Indianapolis Colts.
Bowles, who was promoted from secondary coach to defensive coordinator with Philadelphia on Oct. 16, replaces Ray Horton, who left when Arians was hired and is now defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns.
Goodwin was offensive line coach of the Colts last season after five years as an offensive assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Around the league
Former Browns coach Pat Shurmur is joining Chip Kelly’s staff with the Philadelphia Eagles, a person familiar with the hiring told the Associated Press. Shurmur is expected to be Philadelphia’s offensive coordinator. … Troubled former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu is at the Senior Bowl and hopes to meet with NFL coaches and executives. He said he feels he’ll be a Pro Bowler, but knows he’ll face tough questions from NFL teams.
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