Jim Caldwell, the Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator, will interview with the Lions on Friday, according to multiple reports.
Team president Tom Lewand promised the search for a head coach would be thorough and expedient after Jim Schwartz was fired on Monday.
Caldwell is both offensive-minded and a former NFL head coach (Indianapolis Colts 2009-2011). Both of those traits would be attractive to the Lions.
Caldwell also has Super Bowl experience. In his rookie season as head coach he took the Colts to the Super Bowl and lost to the Saints.
Also he coached in the Super Bowl with the Colts as the quarterbacks coach in Super Bowl XLI under Tony Dungy and as the Ravens’ offensive coordinator a year ago. Both of those trips resulted in wins.
He was 2-2 in the playoffs as head coach with the Colts with a regular season record of 26-22, including 2-14 in his final season (2011) without Peyton Manning.
The Lions are also interested in Ken Whisenhunt, the offensive coordinator for San Diego. The Chargers play the Bengals in the playoffs on Sunday so Whisenhunt can’t be interviewed until at least that time.