Despite talks of Jim Caldwell’s interview going well on Friday with the Detroit Lions, rumors continue to swirl regarding the head coaching opening. Recently, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops has been said to be in play for the Lions job.
Stoops has held the head coaching job at Oklahoma University since 1999 and has tallied an impressive 160-39 record in his tenure. In just his second season with Oklahoma, they finished 13-0 and won the BCS National Championship. In the 2002 season, the team finished 12-2, which included a Rose Bowl win. From 2006 to 2008, Oklahoma tallied 11 wins in each season and reached the National Championship Game in 2008.
Stoops has only coached at the collegiate level with stops including Oklahoma, Iowa, Kent State, Kansas State and Florida as an assistant.
Is he a fit?
It’s hard to disagree with Stoops’ success with Oklahoma, but the Lions seem to be interested in a guy with NFL coaching experience and someone that can work with a struggling Matthew Stafford. While Stoops could potentially help alleviate some of Stafford’s problems, the lack of NFL experience could make the Lions pass on Stoops.
Other candidates including Caldwell and Ken Whisenhunt seem to be more probable than Stoops to come to Detroit.
Don’t hold your breath on Stoops’ arrival to Detroit. I don’t see it happening. I could maybe see him taking the job in Cleveland, as that seems to be a better fit for that franchise. Stoops has a lot on his resume, but the two omissions will ultimately leave him off of the Lions’ sideline next season.
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