Head Coaching Matchup: Jack Del Rio and Jim Caldwell


Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio and Lions Head Coach Jim Caldwell

Oakland Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio

Hometown:Hayward, Calif.

Head Coaching Record:75-77

Coaching Background:

1997New Orleans SaintsAssistant Strength Coach
1998New Orleans SaintsLinebackers
1999-2001Baltimore RavensLinebackers
2002Carolina PanthersDefensive Coordinator
2003-11Jacksonville JaguarsHead Coach
2012-14Denver BroncosInterim Head Coach
2013 (Wks. 10-13)Denver BroncosInterim Head Coach
2015Oakland RaidersHead Coach

Fun Fact: Head Coach Del Rio played linebacker for Lions special teams coordinator Joe Marciano (special teams/tight ends) in 1986 with the New Orleans Saints.

Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Caldwell

Hometown:Beloit, Wis.

Head Coaching Record:39-34

Coaching Background:

1977IowaGraduate Assistant
1978-80Southern IllinoisAssistant
1986Penn StateWide Receivers
1987Penn StateQuarterbacks
1988-92Penn StatePassing Game Coord./QBs
1993-2000Wake ForestHead Coach
2001Tampa Bay BuccaneersQuarterbacks
2002-05Indianapolis ColtsQuarterbacks
2006-07Indianapolis ColtsAssistant HC/QBs
2008Indianapolis ColtsAssociate Head Coach
2009-11Indianapolis ColtsHead Coach
2012Baltimore RavensQBs/Offensive Coord.
2013Baltimore RavensOffensive Coordinator
2014-15Detroit LionsHead Coach

Fun Fact:By finishing 2014 with an 11-5 regular season record, Caldwell tied Potsy Clark (1931, Portsmouth Spartans) for the most wins in franchise history by a coach in his first year with the club. He is the third coach in team history to lead the Lions to the playoffs in his first year with Detroit.

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