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Updated: January 14th, 2014 11:44am
Reports: Lions hire Jim Caldwell as head coach, only 2 jobs still open

Reports: Lions hire Jim Caldwell as head coach, only 2 jobs still open

by Derek Wetmore
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And then there were two. 

An NFL offseason that began with eight head coaching vacancies has been whittled to two, after the Detroit Lions became the sixth team to name a new head coach. 

The team announced Tuesday that Jim Caldwell will be the new head coach, leaving just the Cleveland Browns and the Vikings with head coaching vacancies.

I caught a little flak for tweeting in jest that the Vikings head coaching job is now the best available NFL head coaching job in the country. If it's true that candidates, if given a choice, would now pick the Vikings, it would seem to give credence to Judd Zulgad's theory that the Vikings can afford to be patient

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports tweeted that it's likely Mike Zimmer will be hired later today after his interview with the Vikings. 

Vikings fans, would you prefer the team jumps to hire Zimmer or are there other candidates out there you'd still like to see considered? Weigh in on that in the comments and join our Vikings hangout today at 1 p.m., as Phil Mackey and I discuss with you the state of the coaching search

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for His previous stops include and the Minnesota Daily.
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