Five things that bother me about the Lions' coaching search process so far.
1. If Ken Whisenhunt was not their favorite they should have put word out. They have the capability — all they had to do was put a story on the team web site. Now fans who wanted Whisenhunt will be disappointed unless whoever is hired blows Whisenhunt out of the water. I’m not even saying Whisenhunt would absolutely be the best (although he seemed to have good qualities). What I’m saying is there are a lot of disappointed Lions’ fans and the last thing the team should want is to disappoint more fans.
2. The job isn’t Caldwell’s but he appears to have favorite status. Mike Munchak (who was fired by Titans) is also in the running. If Munchak wasn’t good enough for Titans is he good enough for Lions?
3. A report written by Ravens’ ESPN writer Jamison Hensley says the Ravens are thinking of canning Caldwell. His offense in 2013, his only full season as offensive coordinator running it, was ranked 29th in the NFL.
4. A friend I trust who had been a huge Colts’ fan for years said he likes Jim Caldwell but doesn’t think he’s tough enough for the Lions’ job. That’s a little scary.
5. Last season the Lions had the NFL’s sixth best offense averaging 392.1 yards per game. Caldwell’s offense ranked 29th at 307.4 yards per game. And Munchak’s Titans offense ranked 22nd with 336.9 yards per game. Maybe either one of them can work magic with a different roster. But remember last year the Ravens won the Super Bowl. And Ken Whisenhunt rejuvenated Philip Rivers and the Cardinals had the regular season’s fifth best offense and won four straight games to end the season.