The Lions officially announced the hiring later that day and will hold a news conference Wednesday at Ford Field. ESPN first reported the news regarding the team's decision.
"I also want to commend (president) Tom (Lewand) and (general manager) Martin (Mayhew) on the thoroughness of the coaching search," Ford continued. "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."
The 58-year-old coach met with the Lions earlier this month and impressed the team's brass. During the interview, Caldwell broke down all of Matthew Stafford's throws and pointed out how he would help improve the quarterback's play. Caldwell also sat down and watched film with Stafford during the interview process.
In 2013, the Ravens' offense regressed behind a poor offensive line, limited receiver options and a struggling running game. Caldwell shouldn't have those same problems in Detroit, as the Lions have a solid, young offensive line, the NFL's top wide receiver and a potentially dynamic running tandem in Reggie Bush and Joique Bell.
Most importantly, in Detroit, Caldwell will have another strong-armed quarterback to help mold.
"This is the job he wanted all along," Caldwell's agent Dennis Coleman told Rapoport after the hiring. "It takes him back to his Midwestern roots."