When the Lions said that they believed their coaching vacancy was one of the more attractive in the NFL, I scoffed at first, and then I thought about it. Great talent on the team, hands off ownership, and just because you work in Detroit doesn't mean you have to live in Detroit (ahem, Jimmy Haslam). No, you know what, they were right. Lions have a pretty good thing going for them, and should be able to get an up-and-comer to take the reins and direct this thing to success.
Well, apparently we were both wrong, because everyone they wanted passed them up, and they ended up with Jim Caldwell.
Yes, Jim Caldwell who went 26–63 at Wake Forest. Yes, Jim Caldwell, who went 2-14 with a Peyton-less Colts. Yes, Jim Caldwell, who has a freaking Super Bowl ring, just because Joe Flacco managed to not suck for last year's postseason. "Whoa, calm down, better fall back to 8 and 8 this season."
Jim Caldwell feels like the Mike Brown of the NFL. Mike Brown has a .647 winning percentage as an NBA head coach. Most of that came with his years in Cleveland, and all of that came because he had Lebron James on his roster. Same thing with the Lakers. How's he doing since coming back to Cleveland this season? 13-24.
I've always claimed this about coaches: I'd rather have a good coach with a bad team than a bad coach with a good team. Especially in football: talent can only get you so far. Coaching gets you the rest of the way. That 2-14 season in Indy tells me that Caldwell is a guy who's trading on having coached superstars before, but is unable to handle what happens when they go away.