Morning Roar: Lions focused on Caldwell

January, 14, 2014
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With Ken Whisenhunt headed to Tennessee instead of Detroit, the Lions are back in somewhat of a search mode.

And quickly, that search centered on the first candidate the Lions interviewed -- Baltimore offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell. Caldwell interviewed with Detroit on Jan. 3 and then sat this week as the Lions interviewed Whisenhunt, former Tennessee coach Mike Munchak and former Houston coach Gary Kubiak.

And, so far as anyone knows, those are the only four true candidates Detroit has had since Lovie Smith and Bill O'Brien took the Tampa Bay and Houston jobs within a week of the Lions having a vacancy.

But if the Lions end up hiring Caldwell, they actually will help Baltimore as well. As colleague Jamison Hensley writes, the Ravens were going to have to make a tough decision on what to do with Caldwell after his offense finished 29th in the NFL this season.

If Detroit ends up making him its head coach, it'll be a decision the Ravens will not have to bother to make.

Instead, the Lions could give Caldwell a second shot at coaching in the NFL after he was fired in 2011 after three seasons with Indianapolis. It would be his third head coaching job, as Caldwell led Wake Forest from 1993 to 2000, having some of the top passers in Demon Deacons history, including three-sport star Rusty LaRue.

And now, a search around the Interwebs for Lions news.

Michael Rothstein | email

ESPN Detroit Lions reporter

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