Jim Caldwell is the new head coach of the Detroit Lions.
"On behalf on my entire family, I want to express how thrilled we are with the appointment of Jim Caldwell as our new head coach," Lions owner William Clay Ford said in a team release. "We believe Jim is the right man to lead our team and deliver a championship to our fans."
Caldwell, 58, was the head coach in Indianapolis from 2009-11, posting a 26-22 regular-season record. The Colts lost the Super Bowl to the New Orleans Saints at the end of his first season.
Prior to his interview with the Lions, Caldwell broke down every pass play by quarterback Matthew Stafford during the 2013 season. He reviewed film with Stafford during his interview with general manager Martin Mayhew and met with vice chairman Bill Ford, Jr., to lay out his plan for turning the abundantly talented Lions into a contender.
"I also want to commend (team president) Tom (Lewand) and Martin (Mayhew) on the thoroughness of the coaching search," Ford said. "We had a very specific plan and profile for our next head coach, and I am convinced that we found that man in Jim Caldwell."
Part of Caldwell's plan is likely bringing Baltimore secondary coach Teryl Austin with him to Detroit as defensive coordinator. They worked together with the Ravens and at Penn State.
Caldwell was hired as Ravens quarterbacks coach before the 2012 season, and he was promoted to offensive coordinator in December 2012. Under Caldwell's guidance, quarterback Joe Flacco and the Ravens went on a sizzling postseason run that resulted in a Super Bowl title.
This season, the Ravens' offense finished 29th in the NFL in total yards.
Caldwell has 26 career regular-season wins as an NFL coach, 24 of which came with Peyton Manning as his starting quarterback.
Caldwell was previously head coach at Wake Forest (1993-2000) and quarterbacks coach at Penn State (1986-1992).
--Ken Whisenhunt was introduced as head coach of the Tennessee Titans in Nashville at Saint Thomas Park.
"We had a good talk last Friday night and we hit it off," Whisenhunt said. "I feel very good about where we're going as an organization."
The Titans were 7-9 last season, competing for a playoff spot into December despite multiple injuries to starting quarterback Jake Locker.
"I really haven't had a chance to study that," Whisenhunt said of Locker's future with the franchise. "I liked Jake coming out (of Washington in 2011). One of the things I think we've done a good job of, the places I've been, is putting them in positions to be successful."
Locker has missed 14 games because of injuries since he was drafted as the quarterback of the future as a 2011 first-round pick. While Locker displayed some encouraging flashes of potential, he is entering the final season of his rookie deal without proving he can be a long-term solution.
"I really trust (general manager) Ruston Webster in his assessment of this team. Hopefully I'll get a chance to sit with him and talk with him. Everything I've heard about Jake as a student of the game is positive. All the players I've been a part of, that's been a big part of it.
"We'll be versatile offensively," Whisenhunt said. "We'll be versatile. A lot of it will depend on our personnel."
Whisenhunt replaces Mike Munchak, who split with the Titans after going 22-26 in three seasons as head coach.
Whisenhunt, 51, has 17 seasons of NFL coaching experience, including six years (2007-12) as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. Whisenhunt has a 45-51 record, including a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII after a 12-win season in 2008.
--United States District Court Judge Anita Brody denied the initial settlement between the NFL and more than 4,500 retired players with concussion claims for a proposed $765 million.
The agreement reached on August 29 was submitted for approval in federal court in Philadelphia and Brody issued a court memorandum Tuesday saying the proposed settlement to injury litigation was denied.
"In light of my duty to protect the rights of all potential class members and the insufficiency of the current record, I will deny the Motion without prejudice," Brody said.
The primary issue is whether the settlement amount is insufficient. More evidence of specific financial payout plans and specific needs of players diagnosed with brain trauma in the future will be required by Brody.
The league did not admit fault when announcing the settlement in August. The amount players will receive will be "determined by the diagnosis," the league said at the time.
--Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham is not going anywhere if New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees can help it.