NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison recently posted his power rankings of the all 32 head coaches in the NFL. Jim Caldwell ended up at number 22 on his list.
Here’s Harrison’s take on where Jim Caldwell stands as the Detroit Lions head coach.
Fairly or unfairly, Caldwell has much to prove in his second go-around as an NFL head coach. While the Colts made it to the Super Bowl in his debut season of 2009, many felt that it was “Tony Dungy’s team.” In Detroit, Caldwell has an opportunity to show that his leadership style works. But with Green Bay and Chicago in the NFC North, he certainly has inherited a challenge.
While Caldwell may have inherited Tony Dungy’s team in Indianapolis, he also had to maintain a team that was depleted of talent at the hands of Bill Polian. It really is tough to know where Caldwell stands as a head coach. Is he the guy who took the Colts to the Super Bowl (and a 14-2 regular season record), or is he the coach that steered them to a miserable 2-14 record just two years later.
I believe the answer lies somewhere in the middle. I think Peyton Manning could make any coach look good, but at the same time I’m not ready to dispute everything Caldwell during his Super Bowl run. I also don’t think many coaches would have gotten much better results out of the 2011 Colts team that got him fired.
This year, with a clean slate, we’ll finally get to see who the real Jim Caldwell is.