The Steelers are not ready to part ways with Jim Caldwell, but the team has given him a second chance at the job.
And the first two days of training camp could be an indication of whether he is the right man for the job, which is up to the team.
On Monday, Caldwell, who will become the team’s general manager next week, will sit down with team owner Art Rooney II to discuss his options.
This is a good time to give Caldwell the benefit of the doubt, said a source close to the situation.
“It’s time for him to do it right, because he’s going to have to be prepared to be fired.
He can’t be the one to do that.
He’s got to make sure he’s in a position where he can run the franchise, and I think he’s got that ability.”
Caldwell was brought on as general manager by the Steelers, and he has been praised by some of his former players and coaches.
That includes quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who said last week he was “excited” about Caldwell’s chances to succeed.
“I’ve been impressed with the fact that he’s been willing to step up to this challenge,” Roethlesberger said.
“He’s had a lot of success.
It’s just time for a change.”
While Roethsberger had hoped to see Caldwell replace Mike Tomlin, the Steelers are looking at other options.
There are also questions about Caldwell being ready to take on the team job and how long he will be with the organization.
In the interview, Caldwell is expected to say the Steelers “will never, ever” trade him.
However, he could have an impact in the draft.
With the team now in the thick of the playoffs, the team could potentially make a move.
In 2015, it traded for defensive tackle Chandler Jones and linebacker Kevin Minter in a trade that included the No. 1 overall pick and the No, 6 overall pick.
Jones had a big season with the Ravens in 2016.
In 2017, he had his best year, playing in the Pro Bowl.