Another day, another shorter blog post for The Stack today. As the NFL season winds down, there just aren’t a ton of major stories and headlines out there. Thank goodness the Olympics are coming up in February. Let’s take a look and see what made “the stack” for today, Wednesday, January 15:
Jim Caldwell new Lions head coach
They may have lost out on Ken Whisenhunt to Tennessee, but the Detroit Lions didn’t wait long to name their new head coach. The team hired Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell as head coach, a move that isn’t all that surprising. They were impressed when he interviewed with them and they had spoken with Tony Dungy who had given Caldwell a ringing endorsement. It was between Caldwell and former Titans head coach Mike Munchak. Caldwell coached Indianapolis to the Super Bowl in 2009 when they lost to New Orleans and some think he was fired a little to quickly in Indy after the team went 2-14 the year Peyton Manning had neck surgery. With no good alternative quarterback plan in place, the Colts were doomed to have a bad year. Caldwell also was the offensive coordinator on the Super Bowl winning Ravens team last season. He’s had plenty of success. Now he gets the keys to a team with a ton of weapons in quarterback Matthew Stafford, wide receiver Calvin Johnson, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and the like. This is a very talented team. They are just slightly undisciplined from time to time and Jim Schwartz‘s message must have been getting lost on them. Caldwell is a calming influence and he should be able to do good things in Detroit. This is a pretty good hire.