New Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell is trying to get togther a staff to work with him that can take a talented team to a championship. Looking at one of the first names that came up to have a significant role on Caldwell’s staff was former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel, a colleague of Caldwell’s during the one year they were together in Indianapolis. They have be talking about trying to make a deal with Tressel, with only approval from the front office remaining, though that is unconfirmed.
Tressel is currently in a leadership position at the University of Akron but one would think he’d jump without hesitation for a chance to coach in the NFL, especially because he is temporarily banned from coaching in the NCAA because of a show cause penalty. Tressel worked as a replay-review consultant under Caldwell with the Colts in 2011.
For his part, Caldwell shed little light onto Tressel’s status with the Lions.
“I love Caldwell’s attitude. now let’s see what he does with Stafford. that is his #1 job…#2 is discipline. those are the only two things they really need from him. improve Stafford’s decision making and get the stupid penalties under control and this team will be set once they are done in FA and the draft.
“I’m not going to talk about staff, but I did say I think Tressel’s perfectly happy doing what he’s doing right now,” Caldwell said. “Even though he worked with us in Indy, good friend as well, but I do think he’s really pleased with where he is at this stage.”
ESPN reporter Pat McManamon makes salient points on why Tressel could end up in the Motor City.