Good Morning and ROOOOAARRRR!!!!
After a little more than two weeks, four interviews and one high-profile spurning, the Detroit Lions have a football coach.
Jim Caldwell will be introduced Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Ford Field, the 26th coach in team history and the next guy to try to bring an elusive Super Bowl appearance to the franchise.
The hire did not really excite the fan base, but the players seemed pleased with the move.
Here's a quick look around the Interwebs in search of Lions (and mostly Caldwell) news:
The Lions hire Jim Caldwell. It's a choice that left the Lions losing almost immediately in the world of public perception. Before the hire was announced Tuesday, I wrote why the Lions should take a step back and wait (they didn't). Players and Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation chair John Wooten were very pleased with the hire. Caldwell already has some possibilities for his staff. The Titans offered Ken Whisenhunt almost $1 million more per year than the Lions did.
In non-Caldwell news, Brian Xanders interviewed for the general manager job in Miami. And the plays that shaped the Lions' season countdown continues at No. 4 -- a kneel that led to boos and a mini-meltdown.
Mitch Albom from the Detroit Free Press writes that he's waiting to be wowed by Caldwell -- hasn't happened yet. Carlos Monarrez from the Free Press gathers more reaction from players, including guys who played under him in Indianapolis. Dave Birkett from the Free Press said the Lions first asked Tony Dungy if he was interested before talking to him about Caldwell. Drew Sharp from the Free Press writes that Caldwell has to turn the Lions around quickly.
Josh Katzenstein writes there's a lot of praise for Caldwell from people throughout his career. The Lions only have themselves to blame for how the fans feel, writes John Niyo in the News. Bob Wojnowski said the Lions are gambling with Caldwell as their head coach and had spoken to Jon Gruden many times during the process.