Detroit Lions hire Jim Caldwell as next head coach


Detroit Lions hire Jim Caldwell as next head coach

The Detroit Lions became the latest team to fill their head coaching vacancy on Tuesday by hiring Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell. This will be Caldwell's second stint as an NFL head coach. Caldwell coached from 2009-2011 and went 26-22 after taking over for Tony Dungy in Indianapolis,.

The Browns and Vikings are the only two teams yet to fill their head coaching job.

Fantasy Analysis:

Most people believed that Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt was the Lions first choice for head coach, but Whisenhunt landed with the Titans earlier in the week.

Of all of the coaching vacancies this offseason, Detroit has the most talent and seemed to be the most attractive job opening. Between Calvin Johnson and Matt Stafford on offense and a powerful, if undisciplined, defensive line; it was surprising that so many teams found head coaches before the Lions.

Tony Dungy was an outspoken supporter of Caldwell and recommended him as a steady hand to bring consistency and discipline to the team, something that the Lions have desperately needed over the past couple of years under head coach Jim Schwartz.

The NFC North remains a very competitive division, but there is no reason the Lions can't be in the playoff mix next year.


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Tony Casale is happy to be joining as a contributor starting late in the 2013 season. Tony has been involved with fantasy football for over a decade and has been writing and recording podcasts as a fantasy football expert for the past three years. Winner of numerous high profile fantasy leagues, he also competes and is involved with fantasy baseball.

When not adjusting his line-up, Tony is a professional actor and screenwriter, spending most of his time in Chicago after spending the last 7 years in Los Angeles. Go Bears, Go Bulls, Go Hawks and White Sox...but never, ever the Cubs.