Posted January 13, 2014

Report: Lions zeroing in on Jim Caldwell for head coaching position

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Jim Caldwell has won two Super Bowls as an assistant and advanced to another as a head coach. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Jim Caldwell has won two Super Bowls as an assistant and advanced to another as a head coach. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

After losing out on Ken Whisenhunt to the Tennessee Titans, the Detroit Lions are now focused on bringing in Jim Caldwell as their next head coach, ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen are reporting.

Caldwell, the Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator and former Indianapolis Colts head coach, has been in talks with the Lions. Detroit vice chairman Bill Ford Jr. also spoke on Monday with Tony Dungy, the former Colts coach who was a mentor to his eventual successor Caldwell.

“I know the Lions also want discipline and good character in the locker room,” Dungy told ESPN.com. “I’m not saying their other candidates can’t achieve those things but those are Jim’s strengths with his background, especially from his influence under Joe Paterno at Penn State and hopefully in our program in the NFL.”

According to the report, the Lions were prepared to their team plane to San Diego for a meeting with Whisenhunt, who this past season was the Chargers’ offensive coordinator. The Chargers were ousted from the playoffs on Sunday with a 24-17 loss to the Denver Broncos. Whisenhunt, however, asked the Lions to hold their plans until he completed his season-ending tasks with the Chargers, and he eventually moved closer to a deal with the Titans.

Caldwell won a Super Bowl as an assistant with the Colts and reached another one as a head coach. With the Ravens, he was promoted from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator in December 2012. With Caldwell’s help, the Ravens rallied to a Super Bowl XLVII win.


31 comments
Schmeeboo
Schmeeboo

I don't understand the hate. He has two Super Bowls as an OC and led INdy to another as HC.  He's the exact opposite of Schwartz, which means he has a high chance of, at minimum, winning a playoff game. Ha.

Evan
Evan

When talking about discipline and good character, I'm not sure referencing Penn State is the best argument for your cause.  

playhard521
playhard521

Of course Tony Dungy recommends him. I have never heard him criticize an African American coach or QB. The only thing that matters to Dungy is skin color.

NebojsaTodorovic
NebojsaTodorovic

Caldwell did not look like a HC in Indy.  Maybe he learned from that, but I don't think we're changing much after 50...  He's a coordinator.


Missing on Wiz was a mistake.


With that defense on roster in Detroit I'd go out and get Brian Billick.  I heard an interview with him and he would like to coach again.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

At least they'd have a black guy the people could identify with in that wonderful city

JahliSuwaghaman
JahliSuwaghaman

This is great news for the other 3 teams in the NFC North.  Coach Blinky in Detroit should keep them as relevant as they've ever been!

ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

Someone said it below, you want a no nonsense guy that would make a great coach? Mike Zimmer from Cincy.

PurpleCity52
PurpleCity52

Lions need more of a kick butt coach. Caldwell is too laid back for the job IMO. Plus I'm a Ravens fan and I would like if his services remained here! We had injuries and the arrogant front office let Boldin go, Jim can work wonders when he has a full set of weapons as a OC, I don't think he's HC material. Stay in B-More Caldwell!?!..

beelze
beelze

Zeroing in on Fred Sanford. Bahahahahaha. Lions are very entertaining, like clowns.

Jonathan T
Jonathan T

Terrible decision by the Lions.  Caldwell was only successful in Indy because of the team he inherited from Tony Dungee.  Once Peyton was out you see what happened.  I remember his time at Wake Forest as well and it wasn't pretty either.  I think he is best served as a coordinator. 

Squirrel
Squirrel

First when you look at ken and jim resume it's pretty much the same they both got to the Super Bowl

As head coaches and loss that both won Super Bowl as oc for teams and I think Caldwell got more rings there no guarantees who you pick as a coach the one thing I do like about Caldwell is that he sat down with Matt stafford and went over plays with him but ken or jim what's the diff rents

BlackSession1
BlackSession1

Not that he'll have to worry about it in Detroit, but I still disagree with his benching of the starters when the Colts were 14-0. If going for 16-0 was important enough to someone like Belichick, I can't understand Caldwell turning his nose up at it. 

davetheG
davetheG

What is wrong with Zimmer at Cincy? I would take him over Caldwell and Whisenhunt.

BeholdTheWolverine
BeholdTheWolverine

Discipline under Joe Paterno?  F-ing Lions...after following them for nearly half a century I should stop hoping they'll get a clue...

mefoster86
mefoster86

They wanted Wisenhunt and Caldwell. Why? Both guys rode on the success of good quarterbacks and showed they were completely lost without them.

Fox
Fox

Caldwell will be a disaster. Does he ever look like anything other than clueless?

EnashWaca
EnashWaca

Not sure about Caldwell.  Guys stands on the sideline like a statue and never says a word.  Reminds me of Art Shell

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

Is this because the Ravens offense was unstoppable this year?


Hard to figure what the Lions are thinking.

ki.nazir72
ki.nazir72

Hmmm, not a fan of his, wears a scowl all the time.  Nothing wrong with smiling from time to time.

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

@playhard521  

Dungy doesnt criticize blacks because he leaves that to the White media... 

Whom gives White players and people passes all the time... Gruden never criticizes anyone...see how stupid it sound when i flip it around...

You only noticed it when a black says something positive above another black person because you have been raised to think blacks are inferior and nothing has changed in you life based on your post....

Do you think Dungy recommended Caldwell only because he is black???... or maybe he is a great coach... but he may never get the chance to prove it because he is not White... where he can fail at a job and be given a second, third or fourth chance... people focus on his record with Painter and ignored his 14-2 record with Manning.... find me a coach that can win with Painter?

Would you  @playhard521  feel better if Dungy recommended a White man... and Caldwell sat back until A white person recommeds him... lol    chances of that happening is slim if that white person is as narrow minded as you

How about look at it for what it is  @playhard521.... if this were two white people.... A man worked with a guy he feels is a great coach and he reccommed him,  there would be nothing more... end of story.... why would Dungy keep getting guys jobs that suck... after a few times it would look bad on Dungy..... 

MarcoZ
MarcoZ

@FoxI agree.  How awful was he as the OC of the Ravens this year?  Why does the NFL continue to recycle coaches who have been fired for doing a poor job?

Fox
Fox

@MarcoZ @Fox  He was 26 and 63 as a college head coach.  26 and 63!!!!  He went 2 and 14 when Manning was injured.  Not sure why anyone would consider him for a coaching position.  He has proven nothing.