Lions Hire Caldwell As Head Coach

By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

January 14, 2014 Updated Jan 14, 2014 at 7:28 PM EDT

DETROIT (21Alive) - The Detroit Lions hired Jim Caldwell on Tuesday as new head coach.

Caldwell, a former Indianapolis Colts head coach, served as offensive coordinator to the Balitmore Ravens for the past two seasons. He won Super Bowl XLVII with the Ravens.

Caldwell replaces Jim Schwartz, who was fired Dec. 30 after the Lions finished 7-9.

Caldwell served as Colts head coach from 2009 to 2011. Before that, he was an assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach under Tony Dungy. He also won Super Bowl XLI with Indianapolis

"I'm excited for Matthew Stafford & the Detroit Lions," Dungy tweeted Tuesday afternoon (@TonyDungy). "I think he's going to flourish under Jim Caldwell. Lions will be a playoff team in '14."

The Lions have not been to the playoffs since 2011, and have not won their division since 1993. Caldwell is 26-22 all-time as a head coach.

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