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Jim Caldwell has had enough of retirement.

Caldwell, the former Detroit Lions head coach, is expected to return to the NFL in 2019 as an assistant with the Miami Dolphins, NFL Network reported Monday.

Caldwell went 36-28 in four seasons as Lions coach and was fired after the 2017 season as the winningest coach (on a percentage basis) in franchise history in the Super Bowl era.

He interviewed for a number of head-coaching jobs this offseason, including with the Green Bay Packers, New York Jets and Cleveland Browns.


Ex-Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell is selling his Franklin home for $2.499 million. Video courtesy of Brandon Ramsay, WayUp Media

The Dolphins are one of two teams still with head-coaching vacancies, but are expected to hire New England Patriots assistant Brian Flores as their head coach once the Patriots are eliminated from the playoffs.

Flores was a candidate for the Arizona Cardinals job last year, and he was expected to bring Caldwell with him as assistant head coach at the time.

NFL Network reported that Caldwell will not be the offensive coordinator in Miami, but will have a senior advisory role instead.

Caldwell has remained out of the media spotlight since he was fired last year. He spent time as a consultant with the XFL and has stayed in regular contact with some of the assistants on his old Lions staff.

The Lions hired Matt Patricia to replace Caldwell last February and went 6-10 in Patricia’s first season.

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Flores replaced Patricia as the Patriots’ defensive play caller this season, though he was not given Patricia’s old title as defensive coordinator.

Caldwell, who turns 64 on Wednesday, went 9-7 in each of his final two seasons in Detroit.

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