The Cleveland Browns interviewed former Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell for their head coaching vacancy, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.
Caldwell has been a NFL head coach for seven seasons, serving as the Colts head coach from 2009-2011 and the Lions head coach from 2014-2017. He has an overall NFL head coaching record of 62-50.
Caldwell has led four of his teams to the playoffs, with the most recent being in 2016. He won two AFC South division titles in 2009 and 2010. With Peyton Manning as his quarterback, Caldwell helped lead the 2009 Colts to the Super Bowl, but lost to the New Orleans Saints. Caldwell’s teams have not made it out of the Wild Card round in the other three appearances.
While coaching the Lions, Caldwell only had one season with a sub-.500 record. He was fired in 2017 after coaching the Lions to a 9-7 record, finishing second in the NFC North.
Caldwell has experience as a quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. In most of his stops, the quarterbacks have played well under his tutelage, making him a solid candidate to work with Baker Mayfield. During the Ravens Super Bowl run in 2012, Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco had one of his best seasons of his career. His quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator that season was Caldwell.
With his experience coaching in the NFL, Caldwell is certainly one of the most viable candidates for the Browns job, with most of the other candidates in their first few seasons as coordinators.