He has an amazing amount of energy and is extremely technical. He is the best offensive line coach the Ravens have had since Kirk Ferentz came to Baltimore with the team from Cleveland for the 1996 season.
Castillo stays on everyone, including giant left offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie. McKinnie has worked hard during the offseason, and he might have the best season of his 12-year career working under Castillo.
"Juan [Castillo] is a pretty good coach," McKinnie said. "He focuses on our technique, and that's something that I kind of get away from sometimes. So right now is a great time for us to work on our technique and me in pass protection — sitting straight back. So Juan's been a great help."
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Suggs and the Patriots
Terrell Suggs is trying to create a new image for himself as he becomes the unquestioned leader of the defense, but please keep taking those shots at the Patriots.
The NFL loves to put the Patriots, head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady on a pedestal and it is amusing when Suggs calls out Brady and talks about how other players in the league hate the Patriots.
It's the truth. Boston and New York teams are the same. They have smugness about them and they need to be called out from time to time.
New guys looking good
You usually can't talk about the success of a draft class until three or four years afterward, but the Ravens 2013 class seems to shaping up well. Safety Matt Elam, the first-round pick, has made numerous plays in practice and is constantly around the ball. Williams, a third-round pick out of Missouri Southern State, is tough to move inside and can also get penetration as a pass rusher.
Second-round pick Arthur Brown, an inside linebacker, has great speed and surprising strength. He has already made a fan out of running back Ray Rice, and fullback Kyle Juszczyk might surprise some people as a lead blocker when training camp opens.
Three of the four could have immediate impact. That's pretty impressive.
The versatile Caldwell
Most offensive coordinators have a script of 10 to 15 plays to open a game, but Jim Caldwell has about five or six scripts. When certain plays aren't working, he quickly goes and moves on to another script to help his team find a rhythm.
That's one of the major reasons why he is one of the best play callers in the NFL.