ESPN: Lions Hire Jim Caldwell As Coach

Source: Michael Rothstein / ESPN

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — The Detroit Lions have hired Jim Caldwell as their head coach, ending a two-week search during which they interviewed only four candidates.

The 58-year-old Caldwell fit a lot of the criteria Detroit had during its search. The team wanted someone with head-coaching experience and experience on offense, apparently preferably with quarterbacks.

Caldwell became the second minority candidate to land a head-coaching job this month, joining new Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith.

Caldwell was the first person to interview for the Detroit job, followed by former Houston coach Gary Kubiak, former Tennessee coach Mike Munchak and San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.

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