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Detroit Lions Hire Jim Caldwell as New Head Coach

[The Baltimore Sun]

Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell walks onto the field as his team warms up during an NFL Super Bowl XLVII football practice in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell walks onto the field as his team warms up during an NFL Super Bowl XLVII football practice in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

When Jim Caldwell was hired Tuesday as the head coach of the Detroit Lions, the Ravens accelerated the process of finding their third offensive coordinator in just over 13 months.

Team officials have been coy about potential candidates but they are expected to consider both internal and external options to replace Caldwell, their offensive coordinator for parts of the past two seasons.

After emerging as the Lions’ leading candidate when San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt accepted the Tennessee Titans’ head coaching job on Monday. Caldwell will replace Jim Schwartz, the Baltimore native who was fired after the Lions’ 7-9 regular season.

“We believe Jim is the right man to lead our team and deliver a championship to our fans,” Lions owner William Clay Ford said in a statement. “We had a very specific plan and profile for our next head coach, and I am convinced that we found that man in Jim Caldwell.”

Caldwell will be introduced as the Lions’ 26th head coach at a Wednesday afternoon news conference at Ford Field.

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