Detroit Lions Rumors: Could Jim Tressel Join Coaching Jim Caldwell?

By Connor Muldowney
Jim Tressel

With the hire of Jim Caldwell as the Detroit Lions‘ next head coach, there is some promise on the horizon. No, not because he was a great hire to fill the void left by Jim Schwartz, but because he can bring some key pieces coaching-wise with him. One piece that could make a huge difference on the staff is former Ohio State Buckeyes head coach and legend, Jim Tressel.

Okay, so Caldwell may not have been the best hire, seeing as he was 28-77 as a head coach in college and the NFL when Peyton Manning wasn’t his QB, but he may have some championship-level coaches following him to Detroit.

According to Tressel’s Wikipedia page on Tuesday afternoon, he was labeled as the Lions’ offensive coordinator. Sure, this is just speculation and he may not even be hired on as the OC, but if he could be on the staff, the Lions would win with the hire of Caldwell.


Although this could just be some harmless prank, many experts, including Adam Caplan, have speculated that Tressel could join the staff, even if it’s not as the offensive coordinator.

With the addition of a former legendary collegiate head coach, the Lions would get a few things in return. First, they would get a guy who knows how to run a team and run it just as well — if not better — than Caldwell can. He may have just been the replay review guy for the Indianapolis Colts under Caldwell, but don’t be fooled by his lesser role.

Another thing they would get is a solid sideline presence and a guy who players can rely on for serious football advice. Lastly, they would get a guy who many teams would want as a head coach on staff.

This could be a big win for the Lions if it does happen — and it looks likely.

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