After an intense quest for a new coach in Detroit, the Detroit Lions have found their replacement for Jim Schwartz with Jim Caldwell. Caldwell has most recently been serving as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Baltimore Ravens.
The Lions came into the 2013 season with high hopes, and did well for much of the season, but their season came crumbling down as the fans in Detroit have become used to experiencing. The Lions started the season 6-3, and somehow fell to 7-9 by the end of the season.
Detroit has been in a slump for a long time, and while Jim Schwartz helped them improve some over the past few years, they have not been able to advance in the playoffs.
With the stars on their team, they may have what it takes to become one of the top teams in the league, and it could be something that could be achievable in the 2014 season with Jim Caldwell as their new coach.
Jim Schwartz was fired along with several other coaches during the black Monday firings, but weeks before that, he was already in the hot seat after losing several games following an impressive start.
Love Smith was considered, but he was hired as the coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers soon after that, and after becoming the top candidate for the coaching job in Detroit, Ken Whisenhunt decided to take the job as the head coach of the Tennessee Titans.
William Clay Ford, the owner and chairman of the Detroit Lions, said of the decision to hire Jim Caldwell, “We believe Jim is the right man to lead our team and deliver a championship to our fans.”
I'm excited for Matthew Stafford & the Detroit Lions. I think he's going to flourish under Jim Caldwell. Lions will be a playoff team in '14
— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) January 14, 2014
As recently as earlier today, the Detroit Lions were still in the hunt for a new coach.
There were all sorts of possibilities, and they had already interviewed a handful of options, but they ended up going with Jim Caldwell, who was actually the first person that their staff interviewed first.
— Barry Sanders (@BarrySanders) January 14, 2014
The Detroit Lions fell to third place in the NFC North by the end of the 2013 season, and with a new coach, they will look to improve that in 2014. With the appointment of Jim Caldwell, they are hiring a coach who achieved a record of 26-22 in three seasons after replacing Tony Dungy in Indianapolis.
In addition to Jim Caldwell, former Texans coach Gary Kubiak, former Titans coach Mike Munchak and former Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt all. interviewed for the position.
Does Jim Caldwell have what it takes to finally lead to the Detroit Lions to become champions of the NFC North, and earn a trip to the playoffs?
The Detroit Lions will win the Super Bowl next year #heardithear1st
— RG (@gunnr31) January 14, 2014
Image via Youtube