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Friday, Dec 09, 2016
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Caldwell to keep job with Ravens

Jim Caldwell will remain Baltimore's offensive coordinator next season. Caldwell moved from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator on Dec. 9 after coach John Harbaugh fired Cam Cameron. With Caldwell directing the offense, the Ravens have won three straight playoff games to advance to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 2000 season. This is the first time Caldwell has served as an offensive coordinator at any level. Harbaugh said Caldwell will be the team's offensive coordinator "hopefully into the foreseeable future."
Brigance remains inspiration to Ravens O.J. Brigance is going back to the Super Bowl with the Ravens, a model of toughness and perseverance. On Sunday, in a wheelchair as he battles Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, the former Baltimore linebacker presented the Lamar Hunt trophy to the team after it beat the Patriots 28-13 for the AFC championship. Using a communication device that translates his thoughts, Brigance, now a senior advisor to player development for the Ravens, had this to say: "Congratulations to the Baltimore Ravens. Your resiliency has outlasted your adversity. You are the AFC Champions. You are my mighty men." In 2007, Brigance was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. In his current position, he helps the athletes in all phases of their careers. He was part of the Ravens team that won the Super Bowl in the 2000 season, starring on special teams. Now he inspires them. "Every day I came out and told O.J. that you're my greatest motivation," said linebacker Ray Lewis, the only active Raven who played on that championship team. Ravens savor long-awaited return When the Ravens last went to the Super Bowl, Art Modell was owner of the team and Brian Billick was the coach. Now, 12 years later, they're back with owner Steve Bisciotti, Harbaugh and one significant link to both teams: Lewis. Sunday's victory ended a lengthy dry spell for a franchise with one Super Bowl appearance in 17 years of existence. The magnitude of the accomplishment hadn't quite sunk in Monday. Said quarterback Joe Flacco, "We're still on a little bit of a high … I don't know if anybody quite believed it yet, but it's pretty real." Brady's slide draws ire of safety Pollard foot-up slide in the AFC title game did not sit well with Baltimore strong safety Bernard Pollard. During the final minute of the first half, Brady slid at the end of a run. The quarterback's upraised leg hit onrushing Ravens free safety Ed Reed, who was not injured. But Pollard believes Brady should be disciplined by the NFL, which levies fines to defensive players for hits. Pollard said, "If you want to keep this going in the right direction, everyone should be penalized for their actions." He said Brady "knew what he was doing. It has to go both ways."