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Reports: Lions to interview Jim Caldwell; Tom Cable not a candidate

The Detroit Lions are reportedly scheduling an interview with Jim Caldwell, and they apparently don't have any interest in Tom Cable.

Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE

Just as the year 2013 was coming to a close, there were two developments with the Detroit Lions' coaching search, one involving a candidate they have interest in and one involving a candidate who apparently doesn't interest them. Let's start with the coach they actually want to talk to.

According to Adam Schefter, the Lions are in the process of scheduling an interview with Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell. Earlier on Tuesday, it was reported that Caldwell might be a candidate for the Lions' head coaching job, and clearly he is based on Schefter's report.

It's unclear when Caldwell's interview will take place, and it remains to be seen if this is merely the Lions' way of fulfilling the Rooney Rule. I know many fans seem to think that's the only reason Caldwell is being interviewed, but Lovie Smith is also expected to get an interview. If the Lions are planning to speak with Smith, then there'd be no reason to interview Caldwell just for the Rooney Rule.

In any case, the other piece of news about the Lions' coaching search is that Seattle Seahawks assistant Tom Cable is not actually a candidate for the job, according to Jason La Canfora. Multiple reports previously suggested that the Lions were doing research on Cable and even talked to Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll about him, but La Canfora says that's not the case.

This is merely the latest example of why you should be skeptical of everything you read during a coaching search. There is a lot of misinformation being put out there by both teams and agents right now, as evidenced by the differing reports about Cable and the Lions.

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