Reports: Lions hire Jim Caldwell as head coach, only 2 jobs still open
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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.
Lions hired Jim Caldwell. Vikings very likely to hire Mike Zimmer later today. Would leave just the Browns, who want Gase as I've reported— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 14, 2014
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.