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Jim Caldwell set to be introduced as coach of Lions 01.15.14 at 11:20 am ET
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Jim Caldwell will be introduced as the new coach of the Lions on Wednesday afternoon at Ford Field. According to The Associated Press, Detroit wanted Jim Schwartz‘€™s successor to have a background with tutoring quarterbacks and experience as a head coach. Former coaches Mike Munchak and Gary Kubiak reportedly also were considered.

“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.”

In 2013, Caldwell worked for the Ravens, initially as quarterbacks coach in 2012 before being promoted to offensive coordinator late in the same season. The Ravens won last year’€™s Super Bowl, but the offense took a step back this season, ranking 30th in rushing, 18th in passing and 29th in overall offense.

Caldwell served as head coach of the Colts from 2009-11, compiling a 26-22 record and a Super Bowl appearance in 2009. Before being named head coach, Caldwell was the quarterbacks coach for the Colts from 2002-08. Caldwell held the same position for the Buccaneers in 2001.

Tony Dungy, whom Caldwell worked under in Tampa Bay and Indianapolis, gave a positive review to Lions general manager Martin Mayhew.

“Martin called me and said we’re looking for a leader who can help turn our locker room into a winning one and to help us get the most out of our investment in Matthew Stafford,” Dungy told the AP. “I told Martin that Jim Caldwell is exactly what you’re looking for. He’ll lead by making people accountable and by being a role model on and off the field. And with his attention to detail and history of developing quarterbacks, Stafford is going to flourish just like Peyton Manning did with us in Indianapolis.’€

Lions players also voiced their approval of the hire. Running back Joique Bell called it a “great move by our front office” on Twitter.

“I’m excited because he has worked with some good coaches and he did a good job with the Colts,” Lions offensive guard Rob Sims told the AP. “Players seem to like him, so I’m looking forward to being a part of the next chapter of Detroit Lions football with him leading us.”

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Black former NFL coaches say league must revisit minority hiring procedures 02.01.13 at 11:15 am ET
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Black former NFL coaches are saying the league needs to revisit its minority hiring procedures after 15 top vacancies — eight head coaching jobs and seven general manager jobs — have been filled by white candidates this offseason.

Former Colts coach Tony Dungy, former Jets and Chiefs coach Herm Edwards, and current Ravens assistant coach Jim Caldwell have said recently that the 2003 Rooney Rule — under which each NFL team has to interview at least one minority candidate for a coaching or general manager opening, according to the vision of Steelers chairman Dan Rooney — isn’t working the way it should.

“When you use the Rooney Rule and not correctly, you put a little bit of a bad mark on Mr. Rooney’s name, and that is not good,” Edwards, now an ESPN analyst, said Wednesday. “If it keeps going this way, we might need to take his name off the rule. It is not being used in the right manner that Mr. Rooney meant it to be.”

Before the rule went into effect in 2003, the NFL had had six minority coaches in more than 80 years. In the years since then, 12 have been hired. But when two black coaches and one black GM — Romeo Crennel of the Chiefs, Lovie Smith of the Bears and Rod Graves of the Cardinals, respectively — were fired after this offseason, all were replaced by white candidates.

“That’s one of the reasons that the Rooney Rule was put in place, because you’re trying to avoid those situations, if possible,” Caldwell said. “We’re at that stage where guys like Lovie Smith, who didn’t get an opportunity, who had won and been very successful previously … obviously, there’s some concern there, and that’s why I think the rule is going to be revisited.”

There are now four minority coaches in the NFL: the Steelers’ Mike Tomlin, the Vikings’ Leslie Frazier, the Bengals’ Marvin Lewis and the Panthers’ Ron Rivera.

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Tony Dungy: Ndamukong Suh has to change 08.18.11 at 12:42 pm ET
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Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh was fined $20,000 for his late hit on Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton in last week’s preseason game. It marked the third time Suh has been fined for a late hit on a quarterback.

Speaking on the Dan Patrick Show Thursday, former coach Tony Dungy said that Suh needs to change.

“He’s going to have to change some of the things he does,” Dungy said. “I know he’s saying, ‘Hey, they’re targeting me, they’re looking out for me.’ Well, you may be the comparison to Shaquille O’Neal: If you want to stay in the game and not foul out, even though they may be targeting you or looking at you differently, you’ve got to do some things to stay in the game. That’s what he’s going to have to do, and make adjustments.”

Added Dungy: “There are going to be times when you have to change. If they’re saying you’re hitting the man too hard, you have to change or else you’re putting your team in jeopardy.”

Suh was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft. Last year he played in all 16 games and had 10 sacks.

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Jets coach Rex Ryan on playing Colts: ‘It’s personal’ 01.03.11 at 1:59 pm ET
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Jets coach Rex Ryan talked Monday about his team’s playoff game against the Colts, the team that defeated New York in the AFC championship game a year ago, and said, “It’s personal.”

Since 2005, Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is 5-1 with 12 touchdown passes and two interceptions going against teams for which Ryan has been head coach (Jets) or defensive coordinator (Ravens). The one loss came when Manning was pulled in the third quarter of last year’s regular-season finale because the Colts had already clinched a playoff berth and were resting their starters. Manning is 2-0 vs. Ryan’s teams in the playoffs.

“I don’t know when I’m going to beat him, but I want it to be Saturday night,” Ryan said. “Is it personal? Yes, it’s personal. It’s personal against him, Reggie Wayne, all those guys, yeah. [Dwight] Freeney and [Robert] Mathis and those other dudes? Absolutely.”

Added Ryan: “I want to put the show on the other foot. I know this team does, too. We want him to experience [a loss] this time.”

Former Colts coach Tony Dungy said Sunday night on NBC that blitzing defenses like those of the Jets and Ravens aren’t generally successful against Manning. “I don’t think you can beat Peyton Manning with a  defense that’s just trying to fool you,” Dungy said.

Responded Ryan: “When you get out there [in the media], you’ve got all the answers, but you don’t have to play anymore. I respect everybody’s opinions, but the only I care about is my own.”

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