Jim Caldwell's Ravens ranked 25th in the NFL in scoring offense this season at 20.0 points per game. (Rob Carr / Getty Images)
The Lions reportedly have an interview scheduled for their head coaching vacancy.
The front office will interview Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell Friday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Caldwell was the Colts’ head coach from 2009-11, and Indianapolis went 14-2 and lost in the Super Bowl his first season. The Colts fell to 10-6 and lost in the first round of the playoffs, and they dropped to 2-14 in 2011 when current Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning missed the entire season.
After being fired, Caldwell went to Baltimore and was quarterbacks coach for most of 2012 before being promoted to offensive coordinator toward the end of the regular season. The Ravens went on to win the Super Bowl last year, but finished 8-8 this year and ranked 29th in total offense.
Caldwell also interviewed for the head coaching job in Washington Wednesday, according to Schefter. He’s rumored to be a candidate at Penn State, too. Bill O’Brien left Penn State to become the Texans’ head coach.
If the Lions interview Caldwell, he would fulfill requirements for the NFL’s Rooney Rule, which mandates that teams must interview a minority candidate for a head coaching job.
Elsewhere, the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported today the Lions have “very strong” interest in San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. Whisenhunt was the Cardinals’ head coach for six years and went 45-51, but went to the Super Bowl in 2008.