Since 2009 when the Indianapolis Colts and Jim Caldwell drafted Curtis Painter in the sixth round, the quarterback called Caldwell “Coach.” As in “head coach.”
“I was never there when he was the quarterbacks coach before,” Painter said. “So I never really saw him in that role. I think he’s very comfortable in that role from being in it prior to me getting there.”
Painter and Caldwell spent the last three years with the Indianapolis Colts, but after a disastrous 2011 campaign in which Caldwell guided that team to a 2-14 record and Painter went winless in eight starts, both coach and player were dismissed by Indianapolis.
They eventually took different paths to the Ravens where Caldwell is the quarterbacks coach and Painter is competing with Tyrod Taylor to back up starter Joe Flacco. Unlike their stay with the Colts, Caldwell is working closely with Painter and the rest of the quarterbacks.
“It’s a different capacity because he came in when I was a head coach,” Caldwell said. “So I didn’t work with him directly. But now I have an opportunity to work with him, and he’s a fine young man. He’s a dedicated guy who works extremely hard at his craft and trying to find a way to get better.”
Painter said his transition to the Ravens has been aided by the presence of a familiar face in Caldwell.
“It certainly helps,” Painter said. “I think anytime you have a little bit of familiarity with either a coach or other guys on the team, it helps. So just having him in the room definitely helps with that comfort level. That’s been real good working with him in a different role than I’m used to.”