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Lions turn to Ex-Colts coach Caldwell

New Lions coach Jim Caldwell led the Colts to the Super Bowl in his first season but was fired two years later.

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New Lions coach Jim Caldwell led the Colts to the Super Bowl in his first season but was fired two years later.

DETROIT — Jim Caldwell got a ringing endorsement from one of his mentors when Lions general manager Martin Mayhew was doing his homework.

The Lions hired Caldwell on Tuesday to replace fired coach Jim Schwartz, ending a search that included a phone talk between Mayhew and Tony Dungy.

"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 Associated Press. "I told Martin that Jim Caldwell is exactly what you're looking for. … 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."

Caldwell, also a former Bucs quarterbacks coach under Dungy, helped Indianapolis reach the Super Bowl in his debut season in 2009. But he was fired two years later after a 2-14 season while Manning was injured, dropping his three-year mark to 26-22.

Caldwell, who turns 59 on Thursday, most recently was Baltimore's offensive coordinator, including the Ravens' Super Bowl title last season.

The Lions will introduce Caldwell today at Ford Field.

Whisenhunt's choice: New Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt says one thing he has learned in the NFL is the importance of chemistry, and he felt Tennessee was the best fit for his second chance to run a team.

The Titans introduced Whisenhunt as coach, and Whisenhunt said he hit it off quickly with general manager Ruston Webster. The coach also had interest from Detroit and Cleveland.

"I felt great about Ruston, about that working relationship. "And I have tremendous confidence in Mr. (Tommy) Smith and he wants to win," Whisenhunt said of the Titans' president and chief executive officer.

Collusion hearing: Attorneys for the league and players' union went before a federal appeals court in St. Louis, arguing over whether to reopen the so-called Reggie White case that helped set league labor policy for years amid allegations that team owners set a secret salary cap. Both sides left the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals feeling optimistic. The word collusion was uttered just once.

Chargers: Quarterbacks coach Frank Reich was promoted to offensive coordinator, replacing Whisenhunt.

Giants: Packers quarterback coach Ben McAdoo, who had also interviewed with the Dolphins, was named offensive coordinator.

Raiders: Defensive coordinator Jason Tarver re-signed to a new contract, staying on coach Dennis Allen's staff.

Redskins: Sean McVay, 27, a holdover from a staff that was mostly fired after a 3-13 season, was promoted from tight ends coach to offensive coordinator.

Lions turn to Ex-Colts coach Caldwell 01/14/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 10:07pm]
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