The Detroit Lions whiffing on Whisenhunt has to be a big blow to the organization’s image, especially after Tom Lewland said that he “think(s) this will be one of the most, if not the single most, attractive head coaching openings in the National Football League for a lot of different reasons.”
The Lions may have fumbled on the opportunity to land their guy, but life goes on and it looks like Jim Caldwell is the next man up.
I’m adamant that the Lions blew a golden opportunity to seize what seems like a perfect fit in Ken Whisenhunt, but from what has been leaked out of all the interviews, which isn’t much, Caldwell’s interview with the Lions impressed me the most, and maybe even the Lions front office too.
Pursuing Whisenhunt made the most sense. Most of the fans, analysts, and media felt he was the best fit and he had the résumé to back it.
Whisenhunt may have been the safest pick, but I get the feeling that no one interviewed better than Caldwell and more specifically and importantly, no one wanted the job as bad as Caldwell.When comparing résumés between Whisenhunt and Caldwell, Caldwell actually had a higher winning percentage, albeit in fewer seasons as a head coach, despite a 2-14 season without Peyton Manning.
It’s probably safe to say we will have a good idea who the next Detroit Lions head coach is by mid day Tuesday and possibly even an official announcement. If the next head coach is Jim Caldwell at least Lions fans can hang their hat that he comes highly recommend from the likes of Tony Dungy and Peyton Manning whose words carry a ton of credibility given the impact both have had on the NFL.
More importantly, Lions fans should feel some comfort in the fact that Caldwell has already spoken with Matthew Stafford and already appears to have a plan in place should he get the job. Transitioning that plan into success in 2014 would certainly ease the fan base who can’t be too happy with management at this point.