It’s been an ongoing joke that former Detroit Lions head coaches can’t seem to find another job after their experience with this franchise. In fact, as MLive pointed out this week, only one former Lions head coach has ever landed another head coaching job in the big leagues: Dick Jauron, who was only the Lions head coach in 2005 in an interim basis.
However, many have gone onto have successful coordinator jobs around the league, and Jim Caldwell could be the next in line. According to ESPN’s Tim McManus, Caldwell is one of two candidates for the Eagles offensive coordinator vacancy, along with Kevin O’Connell, the former Washington offensive coordinator.
Caldwell is two years removed from his time as Lions head coach, in which he racked up a 36-28 record over four seasons, including two playoff appearances. His .563 win percentage remains the highest among non-interim coaches since Buddy Parker in 1951-1956.
Prior to his time with Detroit, Caldwell was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Baltimore Ravens. That is his only stint as offensive coordinator in his long coaching career.
Since his time in Detroit, Caldwell took a year off in 2018 and returned to be an assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach for the Miami Dolphins. However, before the season began, he took a leave of absence to address a health issue, but reports have since surfaced that Caldwell is “fully healthy” and ready to rejoin the NFL sidelines as a coach in some capacity.
Philadelphia would be an interesting landing spot for Caldwell, as their defensive coordinator, Jim Schwartz, is also a former Lions head coach.