by Jason Cole
January 14, 02014
Detroit moved quickly Tuesday to hire Jim Caldwell as its next head coach after Ken Whisenhunt took the head coaching position with Tennessee on Monday. Caldwell, who is currently the Baltimore offensive coordinator, impressed the Lions with a thorough breakdown of quarterback Matt Stafford during his interview with the team, helped lead the Ravens to a Super Bowl title in 2012 and was the head coach in Indianapolis for three years.
Caldwell helped the Colts reach the Super Bowl in 2009. He has a lengthy offensive background, which was important to the Lions. Detroit’s top four candidates all were offensive coaches as assistants. Aside from Whisenhunt and Caldwell, the Lions talked extensively with former Ten-nessee coach Mike Munchak and former Houston coach Gary Kubiak.
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