Detroit Lions Coaching Search: Importance of Matthew Stafford’s Development on Display

Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws the ball during the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

As the Detroit Lions seek for their next coach, the key to landing the job may be a candidates ability to articulate his plan for Matthew Stafford and the Lions offense.

Whether at the team’s request or of his own volition, Jim Caldwell apparently did just that during his interview with the Lions on Friday. From NFL.com:

Prior to his interview with Lions brass, Caldwell charted every one of Stafford’s 2013 passes. He then diagnosed what went wrong and told the staff where he could help the quarterback improve, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said Saturday on NFL Network’s “NFL GameDay Morning.”

Caldwell also watched film with Stafford and offered corrections on throws, Rapoport said.

While Ken Whisenhunt is nearly universally regarded as the front-runner to become the Lions’ next coach, Caldwell is clearly a serious candidate. Yes, he is a minority but his candidacy goes far beyond complying with the NFL’s “Rooney Rule.” Caldwell comes with the endorsement of Tony Dungy and Peyton Manning.

The Washington Redskins will reportedly interview Caldwell today.

Topics: Detroit Lions, Jim Caldwell

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