New Lions General Manager Bob Quinn won’t be able to delay long in making his first major decision.
Quinn is now the boss of Lions head coach Jim Caldwell and has to decide whether or not Caldwell will be given a third season in Detroit. And Quinn can’t wait too long to make that decision, as many of the best head-coaching candidates are already interviewing with other teams. If you’re going to fire your coach, you’d rather do it sooner rather than later.
If Quinn does fire Caldwell, New England would be the obvious place to look for the Lions’ next head coach. Quinn has spent his entire career with the Patriots, so perhaps he’d want to hire a New England assistant like offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels or defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.
Caldwell had a good first season in Detroit, going 11-5 in 2014, but last year he got off to a terrible 1-7 start and it looked like he’d be fired along with the former G.M., Martin Mayhew. Caldwell led the Lions to a 6-2 run over the second half of the season, however, and that may have been enough to save his job.
Until Quinn makes an announcement, no one knows Caldwell’s fate.