Of all the names circulating around the Chicago Bears, this is the first time that I've immediately dismissed one. According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, Jim Caldwell is expecting an interview with the Bears. Why would they interview Jim Caldwell for their open head coach position? His history with the Detroit Lions doesn't exactly provide encouragement.
Jim Caldwell's Four Years in Detroit
In four seasons with the Detroit Lions, Jim Caldwell had a record of 36-28, a .563 winning percentage. The one standout year was his first with the team in 2014. The Lions went 11-5 and still didn't win a playoff game. Matthew Stafford threw for over 4,000 yards but nearly had a 2:1 TD/INT ratio. The team declined after and never had a better record than 9-7 for Caldwell's remaining three seasons.
The Lions fired Caldwell after four years. Since then, he's stepped away from the NFL due to a health scare that he has now recovered from.
Can He Actually Coach?
Hopefully, Jim Caldwell's health is truly back to full strength as he stated in 2020. The real question, however, is can he coach in 2022? He's been out of the league for some time now and things change rapidly in the NFL.
Personally, Jim Caldwell is not on my radar and I wouldn't want him as the next Bears' head coach. I sincerely hope the Bears go in a different direction. Like hiring a GM first perhaps?