Jim Caldwell has been named the head coach of the Detroit Lions, ESPN reports. Caldwell, last seen on a 2-14 Indianapolis team the year Peyton Manning sat out following neck surgery, was nudged into the Detroit job by Tony Dungy, the NBC Sports analyst. Detroit’s braintrust values Dungy’s opinion, and by all accounts, leaned on him for advice during the hiring process.
Caldwell has a rich history of coaching QBs. He’s done so at Penn State, Tampa Bay, Indianapolis (on Dungy’s staff), and in Baltimore. Caldwell was the offensive coordinator in Baltimore last season.
He’ll inherit a talented, underachieving team that collapsed last season when a division title was within reach. Hey, you could do a lot worse than Matt Stafford, Megatron and Suh as your Big 3.