Jim Caldwell will interview with the Bears

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Thirteen years ago, Bill Polian hired Jim Caldwell to replace Tony Dungy, after the Hall of Famer retired as Colts coach. This culminated in a Super Bowl appearance in Caldwell’s first season on the job.

With Polian now consulting for the Bears (and, as we hear, fully executing the search for a general manager and head coach), Caldwell will have a chance to return to the NFC North.

PFT has confirmed that Caldwell will indeed interview for the vacancy in Chicago. (On Friday night, ESPN reported that Caldwell “waitsto be interviewed and that he is a “presumed candidate” for the job. He will be interviewed and is definitely a candidate, we are told.)

Caldwell eventually spent three years with the Colts. A disastrous 2011 season without Peyton Manning led owner Jim Irsay to fire Polian and Caldwell. The following year, Caldwell won a Super Bowl with the Ravens after moving from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator in December.

In 2014, the Lions hired Caldwell. It lasted four seasons, three of which ended in winning records; former general manager Bob Quinn eventually left Caldwell after consecutive 9–7 seasons, so Quinn could hire Matt Patricia.

Caldwell has experience with several top quarterbacks, from Manning to Joe Flacco to Matthew Stafford. As the Bears try to get the most out of Justin Fields, they could do a lot worse than a coach who has a 62-50 regular season career record and hit .500 when it comes to take the lowly Lions to the playoffs, qualifying for the playoffs twice.

The Jaguars also interviewed Caldwell. It will be interesting to see if any of the other six teams with vacant head coaching positions do the same.


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