Redskins: 30 candidates who could potentially replace Jay Gruden as head coach
Jim Caldwell is not the most intriguing name on this list. He has already been a head coach twice since 2009 and hasn’t won a Super Bowl during that time. The fact that he’s working with the Dolphins right now might also scare some off.
Despite those facts, Caldwell is still a solid coaching option. He holds a 62-50 record as a head coach and had a winning season in five of his seven years as the head coach.
Most recently, for the Detroit Lions, Lions was able to go 36-28 over the course of four years. His worst record was a 7-9 mark in 2015 and he got the team to the playoffs twice. The only reason that the team moved on from him was that they were very interested in Matt Patricia and decided to bring in a defensive-minded head coach to the team.
Caldwell’s resume speaks for itself and he could be a quality coaching option. The only concern for the Redskins would be that Caldwell doesn’t have a lot of upside. Could he eventually lead the team to the playoffs? Sure. But would they be anything more than above average at the very best? That remains to be seen.
Caldwell could get a call as an experienced option for an interview in Washington. But if they are looking for someone to take them to the next level, they may be better served to target a candidate with more upside. Still, Caldwell could get them back on track, much like he did with the Lions, so he deserves consideration.