The Detroit Lions are set to hire Jim Caldwell as their new head coach and Jim Tressel could be on his way to Michigan as well.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the news about Caldwell shortly after noon on Tuesday. Other confirmations continue to flow in.
On Monday night, Sirius XM’s Adam Caplan shared that if Caldwell were to land in Detroit, that we should watch out for Tressel to be named as his offensive coordinator. The two worked together when Tressel served as an Indianapolis Colts consultant in 2011.
Caldwell, 58, is most well known for his role as QB coach and offensive coordinator in Indianapolis from 2002-2008. After Tony Dungy retired, he was the head coach from 2009-2011. His final season was the team’s 2-14 season in between Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck.
The coach landed back on his feet in Baltimore, where he again served as QB coach and offensive coordinator for the last two years. He earned his second Super Bowl ring last season with Joe Flacco and company.
The Lions appeared to be an enviable opening in the NFL landscape because of the presence of quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson. They appeared to be the favorite to land Ken Whisenhunt, but the former Chargers coordinator decided to become the head coach in Tennessee.
Tressel was once a rumored candidate in Cleveland, but that never materialized. As of last reports, he had been interested in NFL jobs, but has not been contacted yet. The Caldwell-Tressel connection seems obvious—it’s just a matter of whether the 61-year-old Ohio State legend will make the job from University of Akron administrator to NFL assistant.
The Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings positions remain as the only two head coaching vacancies in the NFL. The Browns appear willing to wait until the Denver Broncos season is finalized so they can interview Adam Gase.
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