The Lions made a lot of dumb penalties in Schwartz's five seasons at the helm. Often, they came back to cost them games.

"I'm excited and proud to have Jim Caldwell as my head coach," Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said. "(He) has expertise, has the experience."

There was talk that there were issues between Mayhew and Schwartz. The two weren't always on the same page. Mayhew doesn't believe that will be the case here.

"Everybody told us what a great guy Jim is to work with," Mayhew said.

The Lions expect results right away, this isn't a rebuild. Caldwell understands that.

"There's a reason I'm here, to win a championship," he said.

For once, the Lions hired a coach that honestly has a chance to get the job done.