The Detroit Lions have been on the search for a new coach ever since their terrible season ended recently. The Lions have a solid team, but simply need someone better in charge that can lead them.
The position should be a desirable one since most people would argue that the Lions had the best chance of making the playoffs when compared to the other teams that did not make it.
Working with one of the top quarterbacks, Matthew Stafford, and arguably the best receiver in the league, Calvin Johnson, the Detroit Lions are likely to have a succesful season again next year as long as they can get an experienced coach who can guide them well.
The Lions fired Jim Schwartz during the series of black Monday firings that also saw several other NFL coaches lose their jobs, forcing teams to go on the hunt for new coaches.
While the Lions started the season 6-3, they finished with a disappointing record of 7-9, which immediately put Jim Schwartz in the hot seat, and Detroit fans continue to scratch their heads after more disappointment.
Some teams have already found new coaches with Lovie Smith being hired as the coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, someone who the Lions had looked at briefly due to their familiarity with his style when he was at Chicago.
After that, they were seriously considering Ken Whisenhunt, who is the offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers, but they lost out on that opportunity when he was hired as the head coach of the Tennessee Titans.
The next most likely candidate, and the first person to actually interview with the Detroit Lions after Jim Schwartz was fired, is Jim Caldwell. Caldwell is currently the offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens, another team that was predicted to go to the playoffs after winning the Super Bowl, but did not make it.
Jim Caldwell has previously been the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, and before that coached under Tony Dungy as an assistant. Dungy was also briefly considered, but was not willing to come out of retirement.
As a result, he spoke highly of Jim Caldwell and what he thought he could do for the Detroit Lions when saying "I think the Lions were not only impressed with Jim's interview but they were pleasantly surprised by the number of former Colts players who called on his behalf. Jim made Peyton Manning an even better quarterback -- look at the numbers and wins -- and I think he can do the same for Matthew Stafford."
I'm so excited to see who the Detroit Lions get as head coach in 2015.
— Scott Gower (@scottmgower) January 14, 2014
Detroit Lions are hiring Jim Caldwell as their head coach, per a league source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 14, 2014
If Jim Caldwell is hired as the next coach of the Detroit Lions, it could mean good things for Detroit, and for the development of Matthew Stafford. The Lions team is filled with stars, and with a bit of help, they are capable of making a deep run in the playoffs.
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