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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:

1997 New Orleans Saints Assistant Strength Coach
1998 New Orleans Saints Linebackers
1999-2001 Baltimore Ravens Linebackers
2002 Carolina Panthers Defensive Coordinator
2003-11 Jacksonville Jaguars Head Coach
2012-14 Denver Broncos Interim Head Coach
2013 (Wks. 10-13) Denver Broncos Interim Head Coach
2015 Oakland Raiders Head 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:

1977 Iowa Graduate Assistant
1978-80 Southern Illinois Assistant
1981 Northwestern Assistant
1982-84 Colorado Assistant
1985 Louisville Assistant
1986 Penn State Wide Receivers
1987 Penn State Quarterbacks
1988-92 Penn State Passing Game Coord./QBs
1993-2000 Wake Forest Head Coach
2001 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quarterbacks
2002-05 Indianapolis Colts Quarterbacks
2006-07 Indianapolis Colts Assistant HC/QBs
2008 Indianapolis Colts Associate Head Coach
2009-11 Indianapolis Colts Head Coach
2012 Baltimore Ravens QBs/Offensive Coord.
2013 Baltimore Ravens Offensive Coordinator
2014-15 Detroit Lions Head 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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