Who are early candidates to replace Jim Caldwell?
Former Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell has been hired as the Lions head coach, the team confirmed Tuesday. The Ravens will need a new offensive coordinator to replace Caldwell, who may also want to take some Ravens assistant coaches with him to Detroit.
This will be Caldwell’s second chance as an NFL head coach. He was the Colts for three seasons (2009-11), and in his first season the Colts went 14-2 and reached the Super Bowl before losing to the Saints. Caldwell has experience working with two Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks – Peyton Manning and Joe Flacco, and the Lions were looking for a coach to that could help quarterback Matthew Stafford reach his full potential.
Even though the Ravens struggled offensively this season, they were hampered by a poor offensive line and lack of playmakers. The Lions obviously perceived Caldwell as a coach that could take the Lions to the next level after a disappointing season. The Ravens’ offense took off in 2012 after Caldwell took over as coordinator late in the season, and their offense played its best football during its Super Bowl run.
Many believed the Lions job was the most attractive NFL available this offseason with an offense featuring Stafford, Calvin Johnson, and Reggie Bush. Caldwell will get a chance to work with all of those weapons, while the Ravens will search for a new offensive coordinator.