For Lions fans that are not happy with the hiring of Jim Caldwell as the new head coach, this piece of news may ruffle your feathers even more:
The Lions never got to officially offer Ken Whisenhunt the job.
The thing about the Lions getting out-bid on Whis -- did they ever give a final offer? Was going to come Monday— Chris McCosky (@cmccosky) January 14, 2014
To be clear, while he was their first choice, the Lions never made Whisenhunt an official offer RT @ronbissel: The extra mil a year helps— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) January 15, 2014
That being said, Caldwell has the full support of Lions owner William Clay Ford:
WCF: "We believe Jim is the right man to lead our team and deliver a championship to our fans." #Lions— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) January 14, 2014
WCF: "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." #Lions— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) January 14, 2014
... and the support of some fans as well:
@espn961 I'm not comparing the two, but guess how successful Belichick was before NE? Just saying. Give Jim a chance.— Andrew Boudreau (@boudz5223) January 14, 2014
@espn961 Lions fans quit complaining about Caldwell. You're being THE DUMB, you aren't getting Cower, Dungy, Gruden, be serious for once— Jordan Kuhl (@JKuhl47) January 14, 2014
@espn961 After saturday's playoff game between San Diego and Denver, I was pretty nervous about Wisenhunt... I'm very happy with our choice— Dave Barringer (@pdbarringer) January 14, 2014
@espn961 Lions are idiots. This clown was about to be fired fit having the 29 the rated offense in the league. Mayhew & Lewand are idiots.— Don Hoenes (@DonHoenes) January 14, 2014
The Lions formally introduce Caldwell as their head coach in a press conference at Allen Park this afternoon at 4:00pm.