"We're ecstatic about Jim's hire," said John Wooten, the chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, in an interview with The Baltimore Sun. "It means a heck of a lot to us. That was the real big job that we saw on the board. What Detroit has in terms of personnel with Matthew Stafford at quarterback, and their leadership, with [general manager] Martin Mayhew and [team president] Tom Lewand. I think he'll be an excellent fit."