Redskins' coaching search: Jim Caldwell

Redskins' coaching search: Jim Caldwell
January 8, 2014, 10:00 am
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Florio: I think Allen already knows who he wants

Since firing Mike Shanahan, the Redskins have done exactly what GM Bruce Allen said they would: The team has cast a wide net in its coaching search. 

The Redskins have interviewed, or have requested to interview, at least 10 current NFL coordinators and one college coach. In the coming days, Redskins Insiders Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler will give you the skinny on each of the candidates. 

Who: Jim Caldwell, Ravens quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator 2012-present.

Other NFL experience: Colts head coach (2009-11), Colts quarterbacks coach (2002-2008), Buccaneers quarterbacks coach (2001).

Age: 58

Accomplishments: In 2009, Caldwell set an NFL record for a rookie head coach by leading the Colts to a 14-0 start. The season ended with a loss to the Saints in Super Bowl XLIV.

Notable Redskins connections: None.

Bottom line: When Caldwell met with Redskins GM Bruce Allen and owner Dan Snyder last Sunday, it was reported that he had studied each throw Robert Griffin III made during the 2013 season. (Caldwell did the same for Matthew Stafford when he interviewed with the Lions about their head coaching vacancy). That detailed approach underscores Caldwell’s strong understanding of what the Redskins need most right now—someone to fix RG3. Bolster his confidence. Gain his trust. Repair his mechanics. Help him become more proficient at dissecting complex NFL defenses. If Caldwell helped refine Peyton Manning and Joe Flacco, he could probably do it with Griffin, right? As a head coach, Caldwell went 24-8 with Manning as his quarterback and 2-14 in 2011 without Manning, who missed that season due to injury. Caldwell, who is scheduled to meet with the Titans on Wednesday, never got a second chance. Might the Redskins give him one?