Detroit Lions hire Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Cadwell as new head coach

DETROIT (WXYZ) - The Detroit Lions have announced they are hiring Jim Caldwell as their new head coach.

The report came Tuesday afternoon that the former Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator would take the place of Jim Schwartz.

Caldwell, who was head coach of the Colts from 2009-2011, interviewed with the organization in early January.

Caldwell won Super Bowl XLI working with Peyton Manning as the Colts quarterbacks coach. Once head coach Tony Dungy stepped down, Caldwell took over the job and led the Colts to a 14-0 start in 2009.

Things fell apart for Caldwell in 2011 when Manning needed season-ending surgery on his neck. He was shortly fired after going 2-14.

The following year, Caldwell signed with the Ravens to be their quarterbacks coach. On Dec. 10, 2012, Caldwell took over for Cam Cameron as the Ravens offensive coordinator. Caldwell led Joe Flacco and company to a, 34-31, victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.

The Lions also seriously considered former San Diego Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt until he was hired by the Titans Monday.

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