Lions’ Coach Caldwell……
.......will remain Lions' Coach Jim Caldwell.
I'm glad. I think he's one of the better coaches the Lions have had, but after a 1-7 start, I can't blame people for wanting to put him on the chopping block. But Lions' ownership must have seen something. It would have been easy to broom Caldwell along with the rest of the team management after the terrible start. At that point, there wasn't much to be lost of gained in this season. But Caldwell and the team finished strong, and could have made the playoffs, barring a questionable facemask penalty and ensuing "hail mary" in the Packer game. The players like and respect Caldwell. They say he treats all of them equally.
New GM Bob Quinn told ESPN of the decision.
"After spending a significant amount of time together, it is clear that our football philosophies are very similar," new general manager Bob Quinn said Friday. "Consequently, I am convinced he is the right man to lead our football team moving forward.
"Jim's entire body of work is impressive. Not only did he lead the Lions to the playoffs his first season here, but when you look at how the players responded the second half of last season, under difficult circumstances, it's clear to me that this team believes in him and responds positively to his leadership."