From: Cedar Rapids, IA
The Lions have hired Jim Caldwell as their next coach. I scanned a couple Lions fan forums and the general consensus seemed to be broad dislike over this hire. It may even be prudent to add a few extra suicide hotlines in Detroit. Many felt that Whisenhunt would be the next coach, but he opted to take the Titans HC position instead. Some have suggested that when plan A (Whisenhunt) fell through, there wasn't a plan B, and this is more or less a knee-jerk reaction hiring.
Caldwell's head coaching record is not that great (26-22 in the NFL, 26-63 at Wake Forest), and it seems that many of his early wins at Indy were probqably due to the team he inherited, especially Manning rather than anything special about his coaching ability. In the year when Manning was out, his Colts were a pathetic 2-14. As an OC at the Ravens this past year, they were near the bottom of league in offense, and there were rumors that he might get fired before next season. Leave it to the Lions to make this kind of move. I'll be surprised if he lasts more than 2 seasons and the Lions aren't at the bottom of the NFC North each of those years. At this point, I'm glad the Lions hired him, since it means he's off the market and there's no chance for the Vikings to hire him.