Beloit's Caldwell Named Lions' Coach

Beloit's Caldwell Named Lions' Coach

Beloit native Jim Caldwell is an NFL head coach once again.
ROCKFORD-Beloit native Jim Caldwell is getting another shot as an NFL head coach. He is taking over the Detroit Lions. Caldwell will turn 59 years old on Thursday.

He was the head coach of the Colts for three seasons from 2009-2011 compiling a record of 26-22. His first year he took the Colts to the Super Bowl where they lost to the Saints 31-17. His second season the Colts were 10-6 and division champions. He was fired after his third season when the Colts (without an injured Peyton Manning) dropped to 2-14.

The past two seasons he had been an assistant coach with the Ravens. The Ravens and quarterback Joe Flacco took off toward the end of the 2012 season when Caldwell was promoted to offensive coordinator. The Ravens went on to win the Super Bowl. 

Caldwell is known as a coach who is good at working with quarterbacks (Manning, Flacco). Now his job is to bring out the best in the Lions' erratic Mathew Stafford. Caldwell could also instill some much needed discipline into the Lions.

Caldwell was born in Beloit on January 16, 1955. He was a defensive back and kick retuner on Beloit Memorial High Schools' 9-0 football team in 1972. He also played guard on Beloit's State Championship basketball team in 1973.

The Lions will introduce Caldwell at a press conference Wednesday at 4 p.m. Eastern time.
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