As Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell continues to go through the interview circuit for a head-coaching position, one door closed Thursday when the Washington Redskins hired Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden as their head coach.
Caldwell interviewed Wednesday with the Tennessee Titans and came away encouraged by the meeting, according to Fritz Pollard Alliance chairman John Wooten. Caldwell met with Titans general manager Ruston Webster, executive Lake Dawson and other team officials. He has previously interviewed with the Redskins and Detroit Lions.
The Titans interviewed Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer on Thursday.
"I talked to Jim and he felt very good about it," Wooten told The Baltimore Sun. "He spent about three hours with Ruston one-on-one and had a great meeting. It will all deepnd on what they want to do with the quarterback position and how they see it working out."
Wooten said that he doesn't anticipate Caldwell interviewing for either the Cleveland Browns or Minnesota Vikings' head coaching vacancies. Zimmer is also up for the Vikings' job.
"I think Cleveland wants more of a West Coast type of offense, and that's not Jim," Wooten said. "Rick Spielman, the Vikings' general manager, said when he finished sitting down with Zimmer he plans on bringing two or three more guys to Minneapolis for interviews in the next two or three days."