NFL Media analyst Elliot Harrison recently released his rankings for every head coach in the league and Jim Caldwell of the Detroit Lions finished in the middle of the pack.
According to Harrison, Caldwell ranks 16th out of the 32 NFL head coaches going into the 2015 regular season. The ranking places the Lions head coach third out of four teams in the NFC North behind Green Bay’s Mike McCarthy (4th overall) and Chicago’s John Fox (9th overall). Minnesota’s Mike Zimmer (24th overall) brings up the rear in the division. New England’s Bill Belichick and Seattle’s Pete Carroll rank No. 1 and No. 2 respectively.
Here is the excerpt from NFL.com showing Harrison’s comments regarding Caldwell:
To be blunt, the reaction to last offseason’s hiring of Caldwell was less than enthusiastic. It felt like analysts and fans alike chalked up his Super Bowl appearance with the Colts to the presence of Peyton Manning. After Manning was hurt, Indy tanked. Then Caldwell took over a Lions team that had gone 11-21 the previous two seasons. All the mild-mannered coach did was turn Detroit around, making what tended to usually be one of the league’s worst teams down the stretch into a sturdy 11-5 playoff club.
2014 marked Caldwell’s first season as the head coach of the Lions and he led the team to an 11-5 record and a berth in the playoffs. Even though the Lions lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Dallas Cowboys, many believe Caldwell is the right man for the job in Detroit.
There is no question in my mind that Jim Caldwell has what it takes to lead the Lions to places they have not been in a long time. He demands greatness out of his players and is respected by everyone he comes into contact with. If he can lead the Lions to a second straight playoff appearance, he will definitely be ranked higher on this list when 2016 rolls around.
What do you think Nation? Does Caldwell deserve to be higher on the list considering his success with the Lions in 2014?