Former Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell could get another chance in the NFL. On Monday, the Houston Texans announced that they had completed an interview with Caldwell for their vacant head coach job.
Caldwell’s last go in the NFL was as an assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach for the Miami Dolphins in 2019. However, before the season even began, Caldwell had to take a leave of absence to address some health issues.
This year, Caldwell opened up about those health issues in an interview with former Lions safety Glover Quin.
“I’m feeling great, actually,” Caldwell told Quin. “Almost back to fighting weight, but I feel good. I had an issue that popped up that really was something that could be corrected without surgery, and just a matter of getting more rest and watching my diet.”
If Caldwell were to get the Texans job—or any other NFL head coaching gig—he’d become the first former Lions head coach to get another shot in the league since 1950s coach Buddy Parker.
Caldwell is obviously still in good standing with a lot of players, and has a good reputation within the league. He’s had head coaching interviews since being fired from Detroit, so it will be interesting to see if he lands a job this time around.
- One last thing on Brayden Coombs before we all move on with our lives: the former Lions special teams coach made his first public statement since the firing, giving a hearty congratulations to Jack Fox for making the Pro Bowl. Note that he made sure not to quote tweet the Lions.
And, conversely, Fox showed his appreciation back to Coombs on Twitter after being named to the Pro Bowl:
- In case you weren’t sick of special teams news yet, former Lions gunner, and 2020 Name Bracket Champion, Dee Virgin has signed to the Rams’ practice squad.
- Our friends over a Stampede Blue, the Colts SB Nation blog, have their eyes on Matthew Stafford this offseason.
- The Lions had some neat Pro Bowl highlight reels for all three players who made it to the 2021 team:
- The Lions were able to grab Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields at 11 in Matt Miller’s latest 2021 mock draft.
- Let’s end your Tuesday with a little adorable #GirlDadness for the Holidays: