Detroit Lions hire Jim Caldwell

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The Detroit Lions have named Jim Caldwell as their new head coach.

The news was broken by tweets from ESPN's NFL insider Adam Schefter quoting a league source who had informed him of the appointment.

The Lions were rumoured to be keen on San Diego offensive co-ordinator Ken Whisenhunt, but the ex-Arizona Cardinal head coach was snapped up by the Tennessee Titans earlier today to fill their position.

Detroit liked Caldwell ever since they interviewed him two weeks ago. Caldwell's attention to detail was incredible, as he charted every single pass thrown by Matthew Stafford in the 2013 season. And with Stafford involved in the interview process it seemed to be a match made in QB heaven. The two clicked and it seems to have weighed greatly in his favour.

Schefter also tweeted that Caldwell received an excellent endorsement from coach Tony Dungy. The Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist, and two time Super Bowl champion, was glowing in his praise for Caldwell and about how well of a fit he would be in Detroit.

Caldwell definitely has a lot of pieces to play with. Quarterback Stafford has the potential to be an elite QB in the league, he just needs to improve his consistency. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson already is elite, and a defensive line including Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley is enough to put the fear into any man. 

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