Jim Caldwell has been hired as the Head Coach of the Detroit Lions. Caldwell is leaving Baltimore after two seasons. The first season he was a quarterbacks coach and later that same season after the firing of Cam Cameron, he became the offensive coordinator. Under is his command, he led the team to victory at Super Bowl XLVII. Unfortunately, things were much different for the last season.
Many of the players speak very highly of this coach.
“I enjoyed my time with Jim greatly,” quarterback Joe Flacco said. “He is a man that I will always respect as a football coach, leader and a friend. Through his calming influence and extensive knowledge of the game, he was an integral part of our success over the past few years. He will be missed by me and the Ravens. I wish him the best of luck in Detroit.”
“Congrats to Coach Caldwell,” wide receiver Torrey Smith wrote. “Great coach/teacher and even better person … he always taught us something new. … he will do well in Detroit.”
“Very happy for coach Caldwell,” center Gino Gradkowski said. “He is a great coach and a great person. I think Detroit is lucky to have him.”
General Manager Ozzie Newsome released a statement:
“I believe it would be difficult to find anyone with the Ravens who is more respected than Jim Caldwell. That includes players, coaches and other staff members. He earned that because of the person he is and his extensive knowledge about football, including the keys to winning and his ability to teach all of that. Personally, it is a privilege to know him, and it was an honor to work with him. We put Jim in a difficult position a year ago when we named him offensive coordinator late in the season. All he did was help us turn our offense around, and we won the Super Bowl. He has many strengths, but one that is sometimes overlooked is his ability to bring a coaching staff together. He has already succeeded as a head coach, and he will again in Detroit.”
“We are all so happy for Jim,” Harbaugh said. “He deserves this opportunity, and I congratulate the Lions for selecting him. We’re disappointed that we’ve lost Jim.”
Caldwell was obviously a well-respected man by the players, coaches and staff.
I wish him well.