The Detroit Lions became the latest team to fill their head coaching vacancy on Tuesday by hiring Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell. This will be Caldwell's second stint as an NFL head coach. Caldwell coached from 2009-2011 and went 26-22 after taking over for Tony Dungy in Indianapolis,.
The Browns and Vikings are the only two teams yet to fill their head coaching job.
Most people believed that Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt was the Lions first choice for head coach, but Whisenhunt landed with the Titans earlier in the week.
Of all of the coaching vacancies this offseason, Detroit has the most talent and seemed to be the most attractive job opening. Between Calvin Johnson and Matt Stafford on offense and a powerful, if undisciplined, defensive line; it was surprising that so many teams found head coaches before the Lions.
Tony Dungy was an outspoken supporter of Caldwell and recommended him as a steady hand to bring consistency and discipline to the team, something that the Lions have desperately needed over the past couple of years under head coach Jim Schwartz.
The NFC North remains a very competitive division, but there is no reason the Lions can't be in the playoff mix next year.