Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell appears safe, as the team announced they plan to retain him.
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Caldwell to Stay Lions Coach
Friday, Jan. 15
The Lions announced their plan on Friday, via Tim Twentyman of Lions.com.
"It’s clear to me that this team believes in him and responds positively to his leadership," general manager Bob Quinn told reporters.
Conflicting Reports Surround Caldwell's Job Security
Monday, Jan. 11
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Caldwell will meet with team officials Monday, including Quinn, adding that "despite the finish, it doesn't look good for him."
On Sunday, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported that the hiring of Ernie Accorsi as a special advisor in Detroit means Caldwell is "very likely safe," adding Accorsi's "past searches have been pragmatic in that regard as well."
Caldwell Safe Despite 2015 Struggles
The Lions made the playoffs last season, Caldwell's first in charge, after going 11-5. They lost to the Dallas Cowboys in the opening round of the postseason, however, and then failed to back up that regular season success with just a 7-9 mark in 2015.
In the bigger picture, the franchise has qualified for the playoffs just twice since 2000 and hasn't won a postseason game since all the way back in 1991. Those type of results leave the fans desperate for a winning product and give the team's coaching hires less margin for error.
Michael Rothstein of ESPN passed along comments from the 60-year-old coach ahead of Week 17 and he had no interest in trying to lobby for why he should stay.
"I don't want that to get misconstrued, either," Caldwell said. "I think that oftentimes what you do just in terms of trying to make a case for yourself or whatever that might be, that's certainly not my intent because of the fact that I don't believe in defending one's self."
But he did go on to admit the Lions fell well short of the ultimate goal, per ESPN.
"To me, there is only one position to be satisfied with, and that's winning it all," Caldwell said. "That's being the absolute best one in this league. Anything that falls short of that, I'm going to be dissatisfied with, and I can say that with full sincerity because I've been there on a number of occasions."
All told, Caldwell owns a 44-36 record (.550) across five seasons as a head coach with the Lions and Indianapolis Colts. He led the latter franchise to the Super Bowl in his first season at the helm but has gone one and done in each of his last two playoff appearances.