Caldwell says Ravens didn’t want to regret not running ball more in his tenure

January 30, 2013 | WNST Staff



(on quarterbacks from smaller schools in the NFL) “I just don’t think it’s any different than any other point in time in this league. You’re going to find guys from all the divisions for the most part that are able to come in and compete and play well – some with physical deficiencies that most of us think they’re too small, too short, too slow to play or too tall to play. They’re able to overcome it. That’s the great thing about the National Football League; you have all types.”


(on his strategy after he took over as offensive coordinator) “It wasn’t anything that was thought out to that degree in terms of, ‘How do I want to approach these guys?’ I have to be myself. I’ve been in this business a long time. This is my 37th year. It’s too late to change who I am. I basically presented the way I always present, talked about the different issues I thought we had to resolve in terms of being effective every week and move forward.”


(on what issues needed to be resolved) “At that particular time, we were very inconsistent in a lot of different areas. So, the big thing was to try to get some consistency. We were getting penalized a little bit too much and certainly those kinds of things weren’t consistent enough in our running game. We gave us maybe a little bit more of an opportunity to be successful – ran the ball more, put an emphasis on it and moved on from there.”


(on his Super Bowl experience) “You learn something from both. This game is the biggest stage there is in professional sports. It affords young men the opportunity to go out and show who they are in a very difficult situation. It also does the same thing for coaches as well. But, the big thing is that this game and the things that surround the game – it appears to be different, but the fact of the matter is when that horn sounds and that ball is kicked off, it’s still the same game that we’ve been playing all year long. Just a little different opponent – the best opponent there is in the league – and we have to find a will to win.”


(on the ending of his tenure in Indianapolis) “You have to understand. This business is about winning. We didn’t win. It doesn’t matter in this league. It doesn’t matter about injury, it doesn’t matter about players. None of that matters. The bottom line is, you have to win football games. We didn’t win. When you don’t win, you’re subject to get fired, so we were. So you have to go look for employment elsewhere.”


(on whether he wants to get another head coaching job) “Certainly. I certainly would like to be at the top of my profession. I think that every coach that’s in this business does want to get an opportunity to do so. I’ve had one in this league and it was my second total overall. I would love another one, but it may or may not happen.”


(on Jacoby Jones) “He’s a big play threat. Any time he gets his time on the ball he gives us an opportunity to stretch the field. You put he and Torrey (Smith) on the field at the same time you’re going to have some issues, along with Anquan. But, he’s been able to make some big catches for us and some big plays. He’s done some things that you maybe might not be able to see in terms of his blocking down the field. He’s a tough, competitive guy. He’s helped us stretch the field quite a bit and changed coverages that we see from week to week because everybody has to be concerned.”


(on his coaching career path) “The journey has been long, but it’s been a lot of fun. It’s been 37 years, but it only seems like it’s been nine or 10 years. I’ve been fortunate. I’ve had a chance to play in championship games in college and in high school and also on this stage. This is the third time I’ve been to this particular game in six years, which often times, some guys never get there. I really feel like I’m blessed in that regard.”


(on the team’s success in the playoffs) “That’s what it takes. Sometimes it’s just a matter of who gets hot at the end. Oftentimes we were building and improving, but maybe it didn’t reflect every single week out there on the field. Maybe in spurts. But, we could sense it in practice, we could sense it moving in the right direction. Then, all of the sudden it just sort of clicked right when the playoffs started. We started performing a lot better and things worked out.”




Super Bowl XLVII – Tuesday, January 29, 2013







(on the run game) “One of the things that we wanted to do was just to make sure that we didn’t leave a ball game and say, ‘Could we have run the ball a little bit more?’ We don’t ever want that to be a question – particularly with the two guys we have in the backfield. We have a Pro Bowl fullback and a Pro Bowl tailback. You have to get the ball in their hands and give them an opportunity to make plays for you. Sometimes it takes a little while so you have to have some patience. But we think we have the ability to mix it up a little bit. One thing we’re not going to do is walk out of the stadium and say, ‘Could we have run the ball just a little bit more?’”

(on 49ers DL Justin Smith) “He should get the headlines. The guy is unbelievable. If you watch him play on the inside, he is very, very difficult to handle. You just have to make sure that you know where he is and you better find a way to give him some assistance to whoever is blocking him. He can wreck your plays in a hurry. He’s a disruptive guy not only in terms of the run, but in the pass rush as well. Inside, he sets it up a lot of times for those guys on the outside. Brooks and Smith take advantage of it because he gets a lot of push in the middle. We know all about this guy. He’s not someone that coaches as they watch the film goes unnoticed. This guy is a player.”