It didn’t take long after Ken Whisenhunt to choose the Titans over the Lions for Detroit to name their next head coach. Jim Caldwell, current coach with the Ravens and former head coach with the Colts, will take over for the Lions next season.
Caldwell is similar Whisenhunt, in that he is an offensive-minded coach that could help out a Lions franchise that struggled in the latter part of the 2013 season. Additionally, Caldwell’s experience with the Colts, both as an assistant and as a head coach, included working with Peyton Manning. His knowledge about the quarterback position could benefit Matthew Stafford, who received a lot of criticism this past season.
Both Manning and Tony Dungy have praised Caldwell and said that the Lions hiring him would be a great fit. Caldwell served as an assistant under Dungy in Indianapolis until Dungy retired. In Caldwell’s first season as head coach of the Colts, they finished 14-2 and reached the Super Bowl. A couple seasons later, Manning missed the entire season and the Colts managed to win just two games and Caldwell was fired.
Shortly after his dismissal from Indianapolis, Baltimore hired him to be their quarterbacks coach and eventually their offensive coordinator.
While it is definitely too early to determine whether or not hiring Caldwell will be a good thing, it still stings for the Lions. They seemed to be a lock to get Whisenhunt, but that just didn’t work out for whatever reason. On paper, Caldwell seems to bring some things to the Lions that they need.
So what do you think about the Lions hiring Jim Caldwell? Was there someone else you would rather have been hired? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.
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