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“What coach Caldwell has done has kept the offense simple and basic,” running back Ray Rice said. “He put the game into Joe Flacco’s hands, and Joe has done a great job _ phenomenal job _ of leading us to where we needed to be. We are right here where we want to be right now.”

And maybe, so is Caldwell. For now, anyway. He expressed genuine appreciation and thanks Friday when talking about being asked to return in 2013.

“I’m excited about it. Certainly very honored and humbled as well,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity for me, in particular working within this organization. I’m looking forward to it, but right now I’m looking forward to this next ball game we’ve got coming up. That’s the most important thing.”