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Caldwell talking to Falcons, Ravens

Colts assistant coach known for ability to develop QBs

Posted: Thursday January 3, 2008 11:44AM; Updated: Thursday January 3, 2008 1:32PM
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Assistant coach Jim Caldwell has played an integral role in shaping the Colts' explosive offense.
Assistant coach Jim Caldwell has played an integral role in shaping the Colts' explosive offense.
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His name is not on the lips of casual football fans, but Indianapolis Colts assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell definitely is on the minds of officials looking to fill head-coaching vacancies.

Caldwell, 52, will interview with the Atlanta Falcons today and also is scheduled to meet with the Baltimore Ravens this week.

In other league developments, team sources with the 49ers said this morning that the club has no interest in hiring Mike Martz to replace fired offensive coordinator Jim Hostler. San Francisco lacks the personnel to run Martz's system. Also, a club source said that fired Dolphins coach Cam Cameron is not high on the San Francisco's priority list at the moment.

As for Caldwell, he would appear to be a great fit for Atlanta or Baltimore because both are looking to rebound from disappointing seasons and need to develop a young quarterback. Caldwell has experience in both areas.

As the head coach at Wake Forest from 1993-2000, he took what was a perennially down program and guided it in 1999 to its first winning season and bowl appearance in seven years. In terms of tutoring quarterbacks, he played a role in several players having career seasons, on the college and professional level.

While the quarterbacks coach at Penn State, he helped Kerry Collins win the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top collegiate quarterback. And as an assistant with the Tampa Bay Bucs, he helped Brad Johnson break the franchise record for completions in a season. Colts quarterback Peyton Manning has had his best statistical seasons under Caldwell.

Manning and Colts coach Tony Dungy have thrown their support behind Caldwell, who interviewed for the Atlanta job last season. Falcons owner Arthur Blank instead hired Louisville coach Bobby Petrino, who quit on him with three games to play to this season to take the Arkansas job.

Teams interested in Caldwell must interview him this week, because assistants on playoff clubs are off limits during the postseason unless their teams have a bye. The Colts are off this weekend after earning the No. 2 seed in the AFC.