The Lions will not be looking for a new head coach.
The team announced Friday morning that Jim Caldwell will return for a third season on the sideline. A decision about Caldwell’s future was put on hold until the team found a new General Manager and that search concluded with the hiring of Bob Quinn last week. There were reports that Caldwell’s job was in danger after that move, but there was no fire behind that smoke.
“After spending a significant amount of time together, it is clear that our football philosophies are very similar,” Quinn said. “It’s clear to me that this team believes in him and responds positively to his leadership.”
Caldwell is 18-14 in two years with the Lions. He took the team to the playoffs in his first season, but looked to be in serious trouble when the Lions broke from the gate with seven losses in their first eight games in 2015. They closed the year by winning six of eight games, however, and that surely helped make the decision to go with stability over starting over on the sideline.