DETROIT, MI (WTVB) - The Detroit Lions hired Jim Caldwell as their next head coach Tuesday following a two-week search to find a replacement for the fired Jim Schwartz. Detroit had hoped to land Ken Whisenhunt to succeed Schwartz but the ex-Arizona head coach ended up at Tennessee and Caldwell was the Plan B choice, although certainly not the fans favorite in Motown. Caldwell had a successful two year run as the head coach of Indianapolis in 2009 and 2010, taking the team to the Super Bowl in his first season and reaching the playoffs the following year. However, the Colts plummeted to 2-14 in 2011 with Peyton Manning sidelined the entire season, triggering Caldwell's firing. He resurfaced with Baltimore in 2012 and as the team’s offensive coordinator, the Ravens ripped off four straight postseason victories, including a win over San Francisco in Super Bowl 47. Caldwell also won a Super Bowl with the Colts as an assistant under mentor Tony Dungy in 2006.
Caldwell will be formally introduced by the Lions at a news conference this afternoon.