Ken Whisenhunt, the unofficial front-runner for the head coach job with the Detroit Lions, is reportedly taking the job with the Tennessee Titans. One pretty much uninteresting side note is that Jim Schwartz came from the Titans.
With Whisenhunt out, it seems the Lions are turning their attention to the Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, continuing the theme of exclusively considering offensive coordinators for the job. Although the Lions have not officially said that Caldwell is now the front-runner with Whisenhunt no longer available, many are speculating that Caldwell is now the best fit, and I’d have to agree.
Caldwell did well with the Ravens, helping them reach the Super Bowl after coming in late last season, but his work with the Indianapolis Colts is what should be used as his true professional experience. He won a Super Bowl as an assistant and went to another while head coach.
The most important part of his experience is his work as a quarterback coach with Peyton Manning. Similar to Whisenhunt, who worked with Philip Rivers, Caldwell has great experience working with an elite quarterback.
You might be thinking, “Did Peyton Manning really need a quarterback coach?” Well, probably not as much as others, but think of what Caldwell learned from Manning! Manning is arguably the most polished and most self-coached player in the league, so imagine what insights and experience Caldwell gained from Manning that he could pass on to young Matthew Stafford. If Stafford is combative, Caldwell can always say, “Well, do what you want young man, but that’s what Peyton Manning would do.”
As far as his offensive style, ever since coaching at Wake Forest, Caldwell has been known as a guy who likes to throw the ball down the field. Theoretically, the Lions have the weapons to do that.
With Caldwell, maybe Lions fans will finally see what their team can do on the offensive side of the ball. Follow me on my social media pages below to keep up to date on the Lions’ head coach search.