4. Jim Caldwell, former Detroit Lions head coach
Players have nothing but glowing reviews for former Lions head coach, Jim Caldwell. Historically, he’s done a fantastic job with quarterbacks throughout his career. See his time with Indianapolis Colts as Peyton Manning’s coach. Or look at his work as an offensive coordinator during Joe Flacco’s best year, the year he won a Super Bowl.
His crowning achievement, however, is his work as the Detroit Lions head coach. He lifted a failing franchise out of the abyss. Before Caldwell, the Lions had not had a winning season since the 90s. Insert the leader of men, and they made their way to playoffs twice.
Of course, he’ll help Trevor Lawrence take the next step. However, he’ll do something Urban Meyer was unwilling to do, use James Robinson. For whatever reason, Meyer wasn’t willing to use the 1,000-yard rusher. Caldwell understands the importance of a running game for a young quarterback. With Travis Etienne coming back, he’d have two backs in what could be a dynamic running game.
Caldwell can lead and breathe life into a franchise, he’s a winner going 62-50, 2-4 in playoffs. There’s no reason to believe that Caldwell can’t come into Jacksonville and repeat his success.