NFC North: Lions hire Bears Super Bowl foe Jim Caldwell

NFC North: Lions hire Bears Super Bowl foe Jim Caldwell
January 14, 2014, 2:15 pm
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Tony Andracki

The Lions' coaching search has come to an end with the announcement Tuesday Jim Caldwell will step in as the team's new head coach.

Caldwell was the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts from 2009-11, posting a 26-22 record. In his first season running the show in Indy, his Colts were 14-2 in the regular season and earned a trip to the Super Bowl, where they lost to Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.

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Prior to his stint as head coach, Caldwell was the assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach with the Colts from 2002-08. He started 2012 as the QB coach with the Baltimore Ravens before taking over as the interim offensive coordinator midseason.

Caldwell carries instant credibility to the Lions locker room with two Super Bowl rings, the first coming in 2006 when the Colts beat the Bears.

The Lions fired Jim Schwartz after the 2013 season, in which Detroit had control of the NFC North for most of the year, but collapsed late and finished at 7-9 and out of the playoffs.

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In five years with the Lions, Schwartz was 29-51 with only one season at or above .500 (2011: 10-6).