Jim Caldwell will interview with the Bears

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Thirteen years ago, Bill Polian hired Jim Caldwell to replace Tony Dungy, after the Hall of Famer retired as coach of the Colts. It resulted in a Super Bowl appearance in Caldwell’s first season on the job.

With Polian now consulting for the Bears (and, as we hear it, fully running the search for a G.M. and a head coach), Caldwell will be getting a chance to return to the NFC North.

PFT has confirmed that Caldwell will indeed interview for the vacancy in Chicago. (On Friday night, ESPN reported that Caldwell “is expecting” to be interviewed and that he is a “presumed candidate” for the job. He will be interviewing and definitely is a candidate, we’re told.)

Caldwell ultimately spent three years with the Colts. A disastrous 2011 season without Peyton Manning resulted in owner Jim Irsay firing both Polian and Caldwell. The next year, Caldwell won a Super Bowl with the Ravens after elevating from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator in December.

In 2014, the Lions hired Caldwell. He lasted four seasons, three of which ended with winning records; former G.M. Bob Quinn eventually moved on from Caldwell after consecutive 9-7 seasons, so that Quinn could hire Matt Patricia.

Caldwell has experience working with multiple high-end quarterbacks, from Manning to Joe Flacco to Matthew Stafford. As the Bears try to get the most out of Justin Fields, they could do a lot worse than a coach who has a career regular-season record of 62-50 and who batted .500 when it comes to taking the lowly Lions to the playoffs, making it to the postseason twice.

The Jaguars also have interviewed Caldwell. It will be interesting to see whether any of the other six teams with head-coaching vacancies do the same.

41 responses to “Jim Caldwell will interview with the Bears

  1. Jim Caldwell doesn’t exactly excite in the personality department,but he’s solid and would bring a desperately needed stability to the Chicago Bears.

  2. So does George shut down any interview where a potential coach or GM says they don’t think Fields is the answer? I am sure they are going to hear it. Honestly, they will be only be doing themselves a disservice if they do that. In fact, that’s precisely how they got themselves stuck in this situation starting with Cutler. Change requires a full examination and house cleaning. You can’t start by saying this person has to stay because then you sabotage it from the start.

    Caldwell is a good man and leader. However, not sure if he’s what the Bears need.

  3. He is the only head coach I’ve seen walk around with a head set on but not say a word.

  4. People love to give Caldwell credit for taking the Lions to the playoffs but always leave out the fact that Suh was in his prime during that run, and had their D in the top 3. Nobody won in Detroit without Suh. Not before or not after he left for Miami. Not Stafford or Calvin or Caldwell.

  5. Caldwell suffers from the same problem as Bienemy and McDaniels–he had a QB who was his own offensive coordinator. The article credits Caldwell with a Super Bowl appearance when the reality is that Peyton Manning led the team. The same is true with Mahomes and Brady and their respective offensive coordinators. Take away that top shelf QB and how will those coaches perform? That question makes hiring them a risky proposition as the new team will have a scrub or a rookie instead of an established veteran at the top of his game.

    Chicago would be much better off hiring Brian Daboll. He was handed a lump of clay who all of the experts said would never become a great QB. Daboll built an offense for Allen, with training wheels at first. As Allen developed Daboll opened the offense up to take advantage of Allen’s skills and also allowed Allen to play to his strengths. The Bears have a young QB with a lot of potential. Unlike Caldwell, Daboll has proven that he can tap into potential.

  6. Thank god he should never been fired from Detroit after posting back to bsck winning records they haven’t had that since hope he get another chance

  7. Caldwell would be a HUGE upgrade for the Bears, and while he might not be the guy to develop Fields into a star (that should be the OC and QB coach’s job anyway), he’d be able to get the Chicago team on the right track in short order. Therefore, as a Packer fan, I hope they don’t make this hire.

  8. Jim Caldwell should have ‘NEVER’ been fired from The Lions and should have otherwise been hired as HC with another NFL franchise since then. Btw, it’s interesting how The Lions ownership is always claiming that they are winners and have the correct culture to do so but they
    went along with ‘EX-GM’ Bob Quinn’s recommendation to fire Caldwell who had a winning record with them…I am still smh about this one!

  9. ronfromnm says:
    January 15, 2022 at 10:31 am
    Caldwell suffers from the same problem as Bienemy and McDaniels–he had a QB who was his own offensive coordinator. The article credits Caldwell with a Super Bowl appearance when the reality is that Peyton Manning led the team.
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    You didn’t read the article. The article credits him for a Super Bowl victory as the offensive coordinator for the Ravens. Peyton Manning did not lead that team.

  10. I seen enough of these supposedly smart young coaches who are driven almost exclusively by analytics. They are all energetic and glib and give the impression that they have the right answers. They come across as snake oil salesmen. I’ll take Caldwell over these guys anytime.

  11. greedyjimfromtonhicken says:
    January 15, 2022 at 10:26 am
    He is the only head coach I’ve seen walk around with a head set on but not say a word.
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    We jokingly refer to him as “The late Jim Caldwell” in our house.

  12. Caldwell is good. The players loved him in Detroit. Stafford had his best seasons (hardly threw ints) under Caldwell. In some ways he was the victim of his own success and higher expectations. The question is whether he is just a good coach or a great/elite coach. Either way, he’s an improvement for the Bears.

  13. Another retread only about 15 years too late! If he’s that Great he would be someone’s head coach right now!

  14. So, the high points of him being head coach, without Manning, is to be fired twice and have the Lions be barely above .500? This is what passes for success in the nfl now? If it was my team I would lose my mind if this guy was hired instead of a young up and coming OC for my very young QB.

  15. “In 2014, the Lions hired Caldwell. He lasted four seasons, three of which ended with winning records; former G.M. Bob Quinn eventually moved on from Caldwell after consecutive 9-7 seasons, so that Quinn could hire Matt Patricia.”
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    And that tells you everything you would ever want to know about the Lions and FORMER GM Bob Quinn.

  16. Jim Caldwell got a raw deal in Detroit. It was just another page in how Lions Owners are incompetent in hiring management. GM Bob Quinn fired Caldwell to get Patricia. Caldwell had 3 out of 4 winning seasons,… and was sent packing. Patricia was a disaster. As a Packers fan,… I really shouldn’t care,… but I am a football fan too. Caldwell deserves another shot as a head coach.

  17. Caldwell is 66-67 years old. How much gas does he have left in the tank to truly motivate a team ? This whole g.m. & coaching “search” will end up being nothing more than Bill Polian hiring a few of his familiar cronies…Duh Bears !

  18. All of these clowns praising Caldwell must have not watched the SuperBowl between the Colts and Saints. Caldwell was out coached by miles and singlehandedly was the reason the Colts lost that game. He is worthless but go ahead and hire him Chicago hahahaha and you thought lovie Smith was bad, this guy sucks at an entirely other level.

  19. This guy’s sideline demeanor makes Lovie Smith look like 49ers era Jim Harbaugh in comparison. He seems to be a good teacher but the Bears players need a serious infusion of energy and motivation and I don’t see that coming from a guy like him. That’s the personality the McCaskeys like though so I’d say his chance is as good as any there.

  20. Good coach but I don’t know if he’s more than a stopgap solution. He’s 66 and had to leave the Dolphins in 2019 due to health problems. Not knocking the man or his ability I just don’t think you can realistically expect more than 3-4 years before you’re looking for a coach again even if he does well.

  21. These teams with young quarterbacks need a young progressive coach, but teams always seem to interview and hire retreads who had 5 minutes of glory 10 years ago.

  22. Caldwell is very bad at the aspects of coaching that are most visible to fans, such as demeanor, in game-decisions, clock-management. It doesn’t neccessarily make him a bad coach overall, if he’s good at the things a coach does that aren’t so readily observable, such as teaching, motivating, game-planning.

    But I will say, those Lions teams were stacked with talent and Jim Caldwell at the time of his firing was widely considered a joke. If nothing else, remember that timeout he took in the 2011 playoffs with the Colts uo 16-14 on the Jets. Watch the video of Peyton Manning’s shocked and confused face. Read the articles. People can look back at how bad the Lions have been since, and say he was a good coach, but that really wasn’t the perception at the time.

  23. The best way I can put it as a Lions fan, is that he was Rick Carlisle for the Pistons who was a good coach, and we thought Patricia was going to be Larry Brown to take us to the next step. Didn’t work out the same way obviously. The NFL has changed so much that I think younger is the way to go, but if your just trying to get stable, hes your guy.

  24. If you want a coach who often has that deer in the headlights look and makes poor in game decisions he’s a great hire.

  25. No thanks. Monday through Saturday he’s a good coach. Sunday, horrible clock management, can’t use timeouts correctly, doesn’t know how many men are on the field, etc… Very poor game management. Detroit was right in making a change because they would have continued in mediocrity around .500 as long as he was coach.

  26. I don’t think Caldwell gets the job… I’d love to see the bears higher Brian Daboll as head coach and then see if they can convince Brian Flores to head up the bears defense… Flores, likely, gets a head coaching gig this off-season though.

  27. joshiewashie says:
    January 15, 2022 at 5:15 pm
    I don’t think Caldwell gets the job… I’d love to see the bears higher Brian Daboll as head coach and then see if they can convince Brian Flores to head up the bears defense… Flores, likely, gets a head coaching gig this off-season though.

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    What has Brian Flores done to you for you to suggest that he take a step back to become a DC for the Bears? He is an upcoming HC who is coming off back to back winning seasons. Why the disrespect? I venture to say that you would not dare make such a suggestion for a coach with a similar record who’s part of good ole boy clique/network!

  28. Just remember he will have to deal with the great football mind of George McCaskey. Ol’ George will have to explain weekly to Virginia (98 y.o.) until she goes on life support his coaching prowess and roster selections. I give the old bird credit for hanging around and expecting a winner, I hope it doesn’t negatively affect her health greatly. One should be able to live out their final years in peace and happiness. Or maybe is that Ol’ George’s plan???

  29. Honestly moving Coaches around who have proven they can’t win is pointless. Yes you can look at things like roster and upper management but in the end when the game is being played and the decisions are being made if poor it’s the coach. If the decisions are good with bad results it’s the players. Seen this time and time again with the Cowboys. When the upper management and ownership are involved it will always end the same. Home for the playoffs and the coach gets blamed.

  30. curtismhardy says:

    January 15, 2022 at 12:26 pm

    Caldwell is 66-67 years old. How much gas does he have left in the tank to truly motivate a team ? This whole g.m. & coaching “search” will end up being nothing more than Bill Polian hiring a few of his familiar cronies…Duh Bears !
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    I think your devaluing him way too much from his age. Realistically if you want to say he retires at 72 or 75 that means 5 to 8 years as head coach. If successful(which if your not successful you wont make it to 5 years) there would be a coordinator likely a hot candidate who would take over. Afterall even teams looking long term arent worried about who their coach will be in 8 to 10 years.

  31. I don’t know why Calldwell hasn’t taken a head coaching job in college by now considering how Indianapolis and Detroit both screwed him over. His track record is pretty well proven that he makes QB’s better and ironically both those teams need him now more than ever with the struggles of Goff and Wentz this past season.

    I doubt he gets the job but he’ll probably be the most qualified to help Justin Fields that they’ll interview.

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