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Juan Castillo To Be Offensive Line Coach Next Year

Juan Castillo will remain in Baltimore next season, but will have a different nameplate outside his office.

After serving as the run game coordinator last year, Castillo will have a new title next season.   

"Juan's title is going to be the offensive line coach. That's the way he worked last year," Head Coach John Harbaugh announced during Wednesday's season-review press conference.

Castillo was the team's primary offensive line coach last season, although his title focused on the running game. Castillo took over for Andy Moeller as the lead offensive line coach, but Moeller remained on staff as an assistant. Todd Washington was also an assistant offensive line coach.

 "The rest of it is a little bit in flux right now," Harbaugh said.

Part of the issue with finalizing the coaching staff is that Offensive Coordinator Jim Caldwell is a candidate for head coaching jobs with the Lions, Redskins and Titans. If Caldwell gets one of those jobs, he could bring some of Harbaugh's staff along with him.

"As all of this NFL coaching drama goes on – and some of our guys are involved in that – we'll just have to see how it shakes out," Harbaugh said. "But we're going to build a great coaching staff again this year."

Castillo has been the subject of criticism after the Ravens had a historically bad run game in 2013. They finished the season ranked 30th in the NFL by averaging 83 rushing yards per game. They also finished last in the NFL averaging 3.1 yards per carry.

Harbaugh said it was a mistake to put all the blame on Castillo.

"I can understand why Juan is a lightning rod right now because of how we're set up and structured," Harbaugh said. "Then we go into the season and we have our worst year ever running the ball, and he's got that title. That's on me."

Castillo, a long-time offensive line coach for the Eagles, was hired during the Ravens' Super Bowl run. He had a limited role during the 2012 playoffs, and then took on more responsibility heading into the 2013 season.

"When we hired Juan, the idea was to add another great coach into our mix," Harbaugh said.  "The title was a way to have three great offensive line coaches in our mix right there. [period] … We had three guys working together and I thought it was going to be a really good mix, and I thought those guys did a really good job of coaching. We didn't get the results we wanted to get."

Harbaugh has the authority to build the coaching staff he wants, but he also leans on General Manger Ozzie Newsome during that process.

"He wants me to ask questions about his staff because he wants to have the best staff in the National Football League," Newsome said. "And John is not afraid to make tough decisions or unpopular decisions if he thinks it's in the best interest of the Baltimore Ravens. Our relationship with his coaching staff, I don't think if it's matched in the league when it comes to that."  

As Harbaugh finalizes his staff over the next few weeks, his main message was that the group has to improve collectively heading into next season. 

"Going forward, our plan now is to improve and get better," Harbaugh said. "There are a lot of things we didn't do well as a coaching staff, and that's why we look at ourselves first. We have to do a better job of putting our players in position to make plays – offense, defense and special teams."

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