Jim Caldwell will have a chance at redemption with the Lions
His latest gig has been as the offensive coordinator of the Ravens, where he helped them to a Super Bowl win last year.
Some might say Jim Caldwell got a bad rap with the Colts. He led them to a Super Bowl in his first season as head coach, and won another division title in his second season. They went 2-14 in his third year, but that's at least partly excusable, since Peyton Manning was out getting 4 neck surgeries, and Caldwell was suddenly stuck with guys like Curtis Painter, Kerry Collins and Dan Orlovsky.
On the other hand, some would say that Jim Caldwell's ineptitude as a coach was the beginning of the end for the Colts. He chose to bench his star players and forgo an opportunity for a perfect season in 2009, and some people believe that his lack of a killer instinct is what cost them the Super Bowl. I happen to be one of those people. I wrote about it both when they decided to torpedo their perfect record against the Jets, and again after they lost a Super Bowl in which the coach with the most cajones is the one who walked away with the trophy.
Caldwell isn't incompetent. He can coach an already-great team to continue to be great, at least for a little while. As I already mentioned, the Colts wen't 14-2 in his first season at the helm. They probably could have gone 16-0, if Caldwell felt like it. But they were already a great team. They were coming off 7 straight seasons with double digit wins, 7 straight division titles, and they had won a Super Bowl only 3 years earlier with very similar personnel.
But can Caldwell take over an underperforming and somewhat dysfunctional Detroit Lions team and lead them to the playoffs?
I guess we'll see. But I'm not optimistic.