Ravens officially hire Caldwell as QB coach

Jim Caldwell was hired as the Ravens' quarterbacks coach Monday in what has been a quick fall for him in the coaching ranks.

It was only four years ago when he was being interviewed by the Ravens for their head-coaching job, which was eventually given to John Harbaugh. Caldwell is also just two years removed from being a head coach in the Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts.

The Ravens are banking that a motivated Caldwell will have his success in the passing game rub off on Joe Flacco and the Ravens. Since 2002, which was Caldwell's first season as the Colts' quarterbacks coach, Indianapolis had the second-most prolific passing game in the NFL (259.4 yards), according to ESPN Stats & Information. The Ravens, meanwhile, ranked 28th during the same period.

Of course, it's easy to be the quarterbacks coach for Peyton Manning. Caldwell joins the Ravens after they had the 19th-ranked passing attack.

Perhaps Caldwell's biggest role will be as a conduit between Flacco and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. The Ravens' last quarterbacks coach, Jim Zorn was fired after the 2010 season, a move that was heavily criticized by Flacco.

"After spending considerable time with Jim over the last week, we think he will be an excellent fit with our team, coaching the quarterbacks and helping with our offense," Harbaugh said in a statement. "We believe he enhances our staff. Jim has a tremendous history coaching at the college and pro level, especially working with quarterbacks and providing help with offenses. The timing is right to add a quarterbacks coach after Cam [Cameron] and Joe [Flacco] worked so closely and well together this year. It's the right step for us now."