In the humbling spirit of black Monday, the Baltimore Ravens need to get in the spirit of giving out pink slips or at least one slip. Having said that, there is one coach in particular that should receive the gift of his release today from the Ravens. Juan Castillo truly deserves to be run out of town.
Since joining the Ravens as a consultant during the Super Bowl run in January, Castillo took over as run-game coordinator and O-Line coach for the team and ran them straight into the ground–literally. Nothing good came from his acquisition as the Ravens went from the 11th rank rushing Offense in football to the 30th. This was because of a poor zone-blocking scheme that he installed and refused to veer away from for the majority of the season.
Not only was his run-blocking scheme horrible, but because of Castillo, the offensive line was absolutely horrendous in pass protection. When your QB gets whacked 90 times and sacked 48 times, there is a problem with protection and that leads back to coaching technique and formations. Jim Caldwell could take some of the blame in this, but the main person responsible is Castillo. He should have been sent packing when the Ravens realized the run game was the worst the NFL had seen in 60 years, averaging only 2.7 yards per carry.
Baltimore ended the season with a league worst 3.1 yards per carry. If this isn’t grounds for change, then I don’t know what is. John Harbaugh has ties to Castillo from their time together with the Philadelphia Eagles; everyone is aware of that, but this “bromance” needs to end immediately, before the team is the laughingstock of the league.