After the Detroit Lions missed out on San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, they shifted their head coaching search to former Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak and Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell.
Caldwell was emerging as the favorite late in the race, but he has done enough to get the job with the Lions — surely Tony Dungy had some influence.
Adam Schefter of ESPN passed along the news:
Detroit Lions are hiring Jim Caldwell as their head coach, per a league source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 14, 2014
Caldwell will now take over one of the best available jobs, where he can work his offensive magic with wide receiver Calvin Johnson and quarterback Matthew Stafford. It will be interesting to see whether or not he is able to get the Lions to the next level.
With the Caldwell hiring in Detroit, the Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings have the lone head coaching vacancies in the league. Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer is considered the favorite in Minnesota.