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Jim Caldwell could be the next Detroit Lions head coach

The Lions have kept open communications with the Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell and his representatives. Former Colts head coach Tony Dungy spoke with Lions vice chairman Bill Ford Jr. earlier Monday to reaffirm strong attributes he believes Caldwell would bring to the Lions. Jim Caldwell coached under Dungy while with the Bucs and Colts before succeeding him in Indy.

“I already had told [Lions GM] Martin Mayhew that Caldwell is a great match for a team that has the personnel of being capable of playing in the Super Bowl,” Dungy said. “I think the Lions were not only impressed with Jim’s interview but they were pleasantly surprised by the number of former Colts players who called on his behalf. Jim made Peyton Manning an even better quarterback — look at the numbers and wins — and I think he can do the same for Matthew Stafford.

“I know the Lions also want discipline and good character in the locker room. I’m not saying their other candidates can’t achieve those things, but those are Jim’s strengths with his background, especially from his influence under Joe Paterno at Penn State and hopefully in our program in the NFL.”

CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora has a similar report. With Ken Whisenhunt choosing the Titans over the Lions, it’s on to Plan B for GM Martin Mayhew and company.

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