Minutes after toppling the
Under the direction of Caldwell, in his first time calling plays at the
"It's been fun," Caldwell said Sunday night at
Flacco had a sterling second half against the Patriots, orchestrating a win where he tossed three touchdowns after halftime with the Ravens using a more free-wheeling offensive approach.
Flacco's last turnover was Dec. 16 in a loss to the
And this improvement followed a sputtering start to the Caldwell-Flacco partnership which began after offensive coordinator
The Ravens' bold move to dismiss Cameron and replace him by elevating Caldwell from quarterbacks coach has paid dividends for the AFC champions.
And the Ravens are banking on Caldwell taking them to even greater heights in the future as they prepare to square off against the
The Ravens parted ways with Cameron on Dec. 10 after he spent five years with the team.
"It was a move that was the best move at the time, we felt," Harbaugh said. "We said that was the best thing for our football team. All the contributions and all the work that had gone into what we had done before that had gotten us to that point and put us in position to move on from there. To me, it all goes together. It was an important move."
Caldwell, 57, is known for his genial personality and a more democratic approach that incorporates input from assistant coaches and players.
"It's obvious to me from an X's and O's standpoint that Jim Caldwell has brought a certain amount of diversity into how the Ravens attack defenses that's also very deliberate," former Ravens offensive lineman
"You don't always have to like who you work for, but you have to respect their opinion and where they're trying to take you as an athlete. If you feel like a coach is hindering your progress, you know what happens next. I think Cam was hindering Joe's growth. It came down to who was going to have the longevity in this program. Cam Cameron or Joe Flacco? You see what happened."
Caldwell understands what it takes to be an elite quarterback. He is a former
Whether on the field or in meeting rooms, Caldwell speaks in a relatively quiet tone. He's often characterized as a good listener.
"He's pretty dry," veteran center
Flacco appears to have a positive relationship with his new coordinator.
"I think we had a good relationship before he became coordinator, so I think he has settled in a little bit," Flacco said. "I think he has had the time to really prepare for it now, and I think we just continue to grow week by week."
The first sign that the switch to Caldwell had been a wise move was during a 33-14 rout of the
Against last year's Super Bowl champions, Flacco completed 25 of 36 passes for 309 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 114.2 quarterback rating.
After a solid game in the AFC wild-card round in a win over rookie quarterback
His 70-yard touchdown pass to
Now, Flacco is coming off a game where he heated up in the second half for a pair of touchdowns to wide receiver
"Joe did an excellent job," Caldwell said. "He threw the ball extremely well. He adjusted well to what they gave him in the first half where it was kind of up and down a little bit. In the second half, he turned it on.
"We got in a real good rhythm. Joe made some great throws and we were able to counter them after they stymied us a bit in the first half. We opened it up and got them out of that seven-man front."
Since reaching the postseason, the Ravens have averaged 425.3 yards and 30 points per game.
And Caldwell hasn't ignored the running game, which has generated 446 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the postseason.
"What you're seeing is Caldwell putting pressure on the defense, getting everybody involved:
"This seems like the next step of Joe Flacco's maturation where he's become a total quarterback, and they've become a total offense. The offense looks totally different."