The Detroit Lions have reportedly decided to hire Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell as their next head coach. After Ken Whisenhunt decided on the Tennessee Titans, Detroit quickly targeted Caldwell and and worked to wrap him up on Tuesday.
Coaching for the Indianapolis Colts from 2009-2011, Caldwell amassed a 26-22 record as a head man. His high water mark was going 14-2 in 2009, and he followed that up with a solid 10-6 season in 2010. Both of those years, Caldwell fell short of winning the Super Bowl, losing the big game to the New Orleans Saints after the 2009 season and getting eliminated in the Wild Card round by the New York Jets after the 2010 season.
Caldwell won a Super Bowl assisting Tony Dungy in Indianapolis. Last season, Caldwell helped inject new life into the Ravens offense down the stretch, also leading the team to a Super Bowl win. Detroit will be banking on Caldwell's penchant for helping along top flight quarterbacks. Peyton Manning and Joe Flacco have each seen success under Caldwell, and enjoyed some of their best years under his tutelage, including championships and regular season MVP awards.
A quiet disciplinarian who expects players to simply do their jobs, Caldwell is expected to bring a strong, steady hand to Detroit. Perhaps his experience leading teams into the playoffs will help the Lions establish some credibility late in games and late in seasons, which is where the team has typically badly struggled. Caldwell's winning pedigree is certainly a step in the right direction.
The deal hasn't been made official yet, but according to reports, Caldwell has been offered the job and is expected to take it, according to most. He will be the 26th head coach Detroit has hired, and the first African-American to lead the Lions in their 53 year history.
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