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Remember Peyton Manning’s disgust over a Jim Caldwell blunder? That’s what Detroit Lions’ new head coach is fighting
Dan Wetzel – Yahoo Sports

So, no, it wasn’t a good moment for Jim Caldwell. It was hardly the first or last coaching blunder in the NFL. And it certainly shouldn’t overwhelm the man’s entire career.

Yet because of Manning’s reaction – an all-timer of a demonstrative Manning face that not even a helmet and facemask could hide – it became a far more famous mistake than it normally would have.

Maybe the Lions got a guy who is incapable of game management in pressure situations. Or maybe they got a guy who is unfairly burdened by the sideline posing of a quarterback known for just that and they just picked up an undervalued asset.

Time – and wins – will tell. It always does.

NFL diversity chair: Lions hiring Caldwell feels similar to Obama election
Dave Birkett — Detroit Free Press

John Wooten has worked to promote minority hiring in the NFL as chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance for more than a decade, and never has he been as pleased with a hiring cycle as he was this year.

The Lions hired Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell as their 26th head coach – and the first African-American coach in team history – on Tuesday.

“This is meaningful,” Wooten said. “This is big for us. Detroit was, I almost had the same feeling that I had when I saw Virginia come in six years ago with President (Barack) Obama, had that same feeling when I heard Detroit was in with Jim Caldwell. This is huge for all of us.”

Former Detroit Lions coach Bobby Ross says Jim Caldwell has a ‘tremendous background’
Eric Lacy – MLive.com

Former Detroit Lions head coach Bobby Ross claims he wasn’t contacted by any potential candidates for the franchise’s opening, but that didn’t stop him from sharing Tuesday his thoughts on Jim Caldwell.

Minutes before the Lions officially announced Tuesday afternoon the hiring of Caldwell, a former Indianapolis Colts head coach, Ross described Caldwell as a man with a “tremendous” background in the game that dates back to stints as a position coach at Penn State.

Terrell Suggs: Jim Caldwell deserves Detroit Lions’ job
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There is no one more deserving of a head coaching job in the league than Jim Caldwell, but Caldwell has a lot to do when he arrives in Detroit, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs says.

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