Lions still haven’t made a decision on Jim Caldwell

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The coaching carousel is slowly spinning to a stop, but there’s a chance it will get one last sputter.

The Lions have not yet decided whether to make a coaching change, which means that Jim Caldwell could still end upon the outs.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Caldwell and G.M. Bob Quinn have met on at least four different occasions. Caldwell has still gotten no indication regarding whether he’ll have a job for 2016.

After Quinn was hired, there were indications that Caldwell was in trouble. If a change is definitely coming, Quinn apparently has a wish list containing none of the names that other teams have seriously considered, giving him the luxury of time — and inviting speculation that he would pursue someone whose team is still playing, like Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

Now that every job is filled except the Tennessee vacancy, which presumably is going to Mike Mularkey, Quinn can hire anyone he wants. At some point, though, Quinn needs to decide whether he wants to continue to employ Caldwell.

44 responses to “Lions still haven’t made a decision on Jim Caldwell

  1. How many more times will we get to see this exact same story regurgitated between now and whenever the Pats are done?

    They literally don’t know themselves if Caldwell will be back. If McDaniels wouldn’t want the job there’s a decent shot they keep Caldwell. But they won’t know the answer to that until they actually get to talk to McDaniels, now will they?

  2. Hyzers still hasn’t gotten over the Lions starting the season at 1-7 and the complete and absolute decline of his pathetic team.

    LoLions!!!

  3. I would keep him over hiring any of the Patriot possibilities. McDaniels and Patricia really don’t impress.

  4. bucsorbust says:
    Jan 14, 2016 7:44 PM
    The question is simple: Who is out there available that is better than Caldwell? Don’t be stupid…keep him around.

    I got a ham sandwich here, shown more excitement…….

  5. Breaking news!! nothings changed…

    Well, you got another page full of clicks, so there’s that. Why not just make some blank pages with the title “Please help our click count by clicking on this page” At least that would be honest

  6. I think they were waiting to see if Austin was leaving. If he left for another coaching job call Caldwell got dumped. Since it looks like Austin will be staying I bet Jimmy boy gets one more year.

  7. Winningest coach in lions history…..on the chopping block. One more year doesnt hurt especially with the progress stafford made once he got comfortable with cooter. Its a qb driven league, you win and lose games by your qb, so I dont want him to start over in a new system after far and away his best 8 game stretch of his career. Let next year prove whether it was smoke and mirrors or the real deal.

  8. You have a new GM, you may as well have a new coach. Caldwell is not going to get this team much better than they are right now. Sooner or later Quinn is going to want his guy, so they may as well get started on the process so they will be ready when their guy is out of the playoffs.

  9. Hey knuclehead,

    Put it together. Bob Quinn is going to bring either Josh McDaniels or Matt Patricia to Detroit, if either is interested. After New England wins Superbowl 50, you’ll have your answer.

  10. BQ’s already made his decision. Everybody knows that. Great guy, but he continually freezes-up when under fire in-game, making horrible and costly decisions on all sides of the ball. He’s not a head coach.

  11. Lions, you got a franchise QB, you’ve been the playoffs recently, Caldwell has won in two other cities as HC. Yes, by all means improve, but the Lions were trending upward at season’s end by winning six of the last eight, and frankly, by shear luck (Packers hail Mary) you didn’t win seven of the eight. He’s been there for two seasons, playoffs his first year. What is the case for firing him, especially at this point?

  12. There is no reason Quinn should respond to media pressure to fill the position ASAP. If he’s smart, he’s using the time to see if he and Caldwell can work well together. That’s what ultimately matters, not some media-concocted urgency.

  13. notthesameolelions says:
    Jan 14, 2016 8:02 PM

    I think they were waiting to see if Austin was leaving. If he left for another coaching job call Caldwell got dumped. Since it looks like Austin will be staying I bet Jimmy boy gets one more year.
    ————–

    This has been exactly my take on all this too.
    Great minds think alike.

  14. He realistically doesn’t need to make a decision for about 6 weeks. The only reason I could see is if he had to fire Caldwell to keep Teryl Austin. Austin is hands down the best coach in the organization.

  15. No decision IS a decision. They’ve decided to think about it.

    Which is really about wanting to talk to people that are still in the tournament.

  16. Am I crazy in hoping for Coughlin?? The last thing the Lions need is a Head Coach-in-Training (McDaniels/Patricia).. they need the real deal.

  17. Lions are easily the worst team in the NFC North, have been forever and will be for many years to come. Letting Suh get away destroyed any chance they had and it wasn’t even that great when he was there.

    Embarrassing!

  18. I’m not supporting Caldwell, but I rely don’t get why so many of the attacks on him are because he doesn’t show emotion on the sideline. If you want emotion on the sideline hire the Ryan twins. The team will stink, but the sidelines will be entertaining. I live it when Rex throws his headset. Belichick doesn’t show much emotion on the sidelines (or in press conferences, or in anything public). How many of you would rather have Rex Ryan as your coach than Belichick? Even the trolls have to understand who is better. Caldwell’s problem seems to be clock management & half time adjustments. His facial expressions good or bad won’t help with that.

  19. Hold it, if you are firing a black coach that you already have, does that fill the Rooney rule of interviewing a black coach? If so they wil hire the Patriots offensive coordinator as soon as they lose.

  20. dickshotdogs says:
    Jan 14, 2016 8:07 PM

    Hey knuclehead,

    Put it together. Bob Quinn is going to bring either Josh McDaniels or Matt Patricia to Detroit, if either is interested. After New England wins Superbowl 50, you’ll have your answer.
    ______________________

    The answer will be here sooner. The pats are about to get bounced.

  21. calvinthegreat82 says:
    Jan 14, 2016 9:58 PM

    Lions are easily the worst team in the NFC North, have been forever and will be for many years to come. Letting Suh get away destroyed any chance they had and it wasn’t even that great when he was there.

    Embarrassing!
    ________________________________

    Suh isn’t worth the money. In case you didn’t notice Detroit finished ahead of Chicago and with a better record than Miami…who has Suh.

  22. Quinn might as well wait until this round of playoff games are over. If the Pats for some reason lose, he can go right for McDaniel or Patricia. Though I think McDaniel may be the better of the two, I’m not really sure about him. Patricia has never struck me as a HC type.

    I think if Teryl stays, then I’d fire Caldwell and promote Teryl in his place. Leave Jim Bob as the OC; a full year of Jim Bob might be the ticket.

  23. With playoffs still ongoing, why the rush?!?

    Never was impressed with those kneejerk, Monday after finale firings…

    Due diligence will pay off in long-run…

  24. Tom Coughlin is the coach I want here. He declined the Eagles offer, the writers have said because there was some kind of snag with who would be the coordinators. Detroit would be more tempting, you have your quarterback/Jim Bob Cooter on offense, and Austin at defensive coordinator. It’s a turn key business who has plenty of talent, a newer stadium, a star Quarterback and a lot of draft picks and some nice cap space. The Problem your faced with is if Calvin is coming back or retiring. If he comes back you have a top 3 WR, if he retires you have 20 million dollars of cap space.

  25. Lions fan here (I sighed typing that). Quinn might be smart to Caldwell. Martha wants to give Caldwell another year so keeping him could buy you a pass in the first year. That’s a free years worth of picks. Here comes the S.A. Smith “How evah”…If I’m Quinn, I only keep Caldwell with the understanding that I (Quinn) have the final say over the next OC.

  26. Why would either of the coordinators from NE leave for the Detroit franchise? If you stick around watching the league enough you see which franchises actually compete each season. There is a reason why certain franchises don’t consistently win. If you have potential and zero ties to an area like Detroit, you don’t waste years there.

  27. I imagine he wants to talk to McDaniels first before deciding what he is going to do.

    Detroit, you have a good one in Quinn. Be patient.

  28. rlpfft……..you do realize you are insanely obsessive about Detroit? You spend so much time on them it’s hilarious. So who’s the real loser? Calvinthegreat82…..you too, moron. Worst team in the North?? Hardly. No one has beaten the Packers more times than Detroit has in the last 4 years. SIX STRAIGHT against Chicago. Detroit is loaded with very good players, it only gets worse for both of you…..the next few years should be fun for both of you as the Lions continue to get better.

  29. Just like a job or girlfriend, you never dump the one you’ve got until you have a new one locked and loaded. It may be frustrating to wait but Quinn is going about it the right way.

    And don’t feel too bad for Caldwell, he’ll keep getting paid either way.

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