Jim Caldwell as Texans head coach? Insider says it's in play

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By SportsRadio 610

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- The Texans' interview with former Lions and Colts head coach Jim Caldwell may have taken another step.

ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio reports "a buzz is building in league circles that Caldwell could be the next coach in Houston."

Florio's theory is this could be an effort to bring a calming influence to a team with a frustrated franchise quarterback in Deshaun Watson, who is reportedly upset with the process of hiring general manager Nick Caserio and not interviewing Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy for head coach.

Caldwell is 65 years old and holds a 62-50 record in the regular season. He has a Super Bowl appearance with the Colts, but a 2-4 record in the postseason.

As Florio notes, none of the other five teams with head coaching vacancies have interviewed Caldwell during this cycle (granted, one of them just fired him three years ago).

There is no indication hiring Caldwell would calm the concerns of Jack Easterby's influence within the organization, or that it would be the answer for a 4-12 team.

But in fairness to Caldwell, he did help turn the Lions around with three winning seasons and two postseason appearances in four years. Before he got there, the Lions had been losers in consecutive seasons under Jim Schwartz.

The obvious connections between Caldwell and the Texans tie to Tony Dungy, who's advised CEO Cal McNair in the hiring search, and Bob Quinn, who fired Caldwell in Detriot but worked with Easterby and general manager Nick Caserio in New England.

Caldwell was an assistant under Dungy before taking over for the Colts. Dungy also recommended Caldwell for the Lions job.