Jim Caldwell (right) and quarterback Peyton Manning (18) during that national anthem before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Indianapolis defeated Oakland 31-26. (Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports)

Ravens Promote Manning's Former Coach Jim Caldwell To Offensive Coordinator

With less than a week to go before the Denver Broncos and the Baltimore Ravens duke it out in the biggest game yet of their respective seasons, the Ravens have decided to fire offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and promote quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell to take his place.

The coaching change comes as a bit of a surprise as the Ravens are 9-4 and ranked 9th in scoring. Even in their back-to-back losses they put up 20 points against the Pittsburgh Steelers and 28 points against the Washington Redskins. They are 17th in rushing and 16th in passing.

Caldwell seems to be the appropriate choice for the Ravens. Remember, he spent a solid chunk of time with Peyton Manning in Indianapolis first as the team’s quarterbacks coach/assistant coach (2002-2008), and then as head coach (2009-2011). Caldwell has the best start by a rookie head coach after leading the Colts to a 14-2 record and a Super Bowl appearance.

The Broncos and the Ravens are fighting with the New England Patriots for the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoff picture. The Pats host the No. 1 ranked Houston Texans Monday night.

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