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Jim Caldwell not discussing his job security

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 25:  Head coach Jim Caldwell of the Detroit Lions encourages his team against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 25, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Lions 34-27.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Getty Images

For much of last season, Lions coach Jim Caldwell would spend part of his press conferences fielding questions about his job security.

Caldwell kept his job after Bob Quinn was hired as the team’s new General Manager and last year’s experience gives him something to fall back on now that the Lions are off to a 1-3 start this season. Caldwell is getting the same kinds of questions and he’s giving the same kinds of answers.

Caldwell wouldn’t say whether he’s had any conversations with Quinn or ownership about his job security and added that he’s not spending much time worrying about something he can’t control.

“Yeah, well, that’s something I can’t control, in that regard,” Caldwell said, via the Detroit News. “All I can do is tell you is this same group of men knows how to get things turned around the right way. We have players who are good enough players to get it done. We just have to do a better job.”

Caldwell and the Lions started 1-7 last year before finishing 6-2 to make the case for Caldwell keeping his job. There’s more time for Detroit to turn things around this season, although too many more losses may make the Lions consider looking to a coach who doesn’t take quite as long to get his team moving in the right direction.

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40 Responses to “Jim Caldwell not discussing his job security”
  1. publicenemy#1 says: Oct 3, 2016 2:36 PM

    FIRE THIS CLOWN

    – every lions fan including me

  2. motorcitydiddy says: Oct 3, 2016 2:41 PM

    “Yeah, well, that’s something I can’t control, in that regard,”

    Win games. Then you have complete control, in that regard.

  3. mortalkondek says: Oct 3, 2016 2:44 PM

    4 – 12…again…

  4. kneedragr says: Oct 3, 2016 2:46 PM

    Well they are fighting with a short stick, it is hard to blame the coach for everything when the talent pool isnt the greatest. Still he definitely isnt overachieving or anything.

  5. lionsandvikingsandbearsohmy says: Oct 3, 2016 2:51 PM

    it makes ZERO difference who coaches this team. Vince Lombardi would fail trying to change the losing culture ingrained into this franchise. Heck, best they can hope for is to get their hopes up only to inevitably have them crushed once again. also see: Minnesota Vikings.

  6. briang123 says: Oct 3, 2016 2:52 PM

    That’s awful. He should be spending hours talking about it with the media instead of preparing for the Eagles next week.

  7. RussianBreadMaker says: Oct 3, 2016 2:53 PM

    The Steelers will give him an interview.

  8. kevpft says: Oct 3, 2016 2:53 PM

    I’ve never been impressed with Caldwell as a coach, but it seems a little ridiculous how impatient team management is getting with some coaches. They lost an all-time-great receiver, they’ve had a difficult schedule to start the year… no reason to be hasty.

  9. goraidersgospurs says: Oct 3, 2016 2:56 PM

    Troll bait article how do you pick this guy over Jacksonville Coach,.I understand they won but Jaguars has a top 15 QB top 15 RB top 15 WR they have top talent on D, if you look Jacksonville roster up & down they are built better then my RAIDERS, FACTS

  10. Pointy Williams says: Oct 3, 2016 2:57 PM

    One Playoff win since 1957, and that was 24 years ago. The whole organization is that stinkin’ bad. The common factor?? Same ownership since 1963. They are never going to change.

  11. mazenblue says: Oct 3, 2016 2:59 PM

    Its crazy how the leader of a sport so competitive as the NFL has ZERO passion about the sport. He has never argued one penalty flag from the refs. Thats not someone who leads. I want to win dammit!!

  12. squidlips82 says: Oct 3, 2016 3:07 PM

    Pointy Williams says:
    Oct 3, 2016 2:57 PM
    One Playoff win since 1957, and that was 24 years ago. The whole organization is that stinkin’ bad. The common factor?? Same ownership since 1963. They are never going to change.

    ————————————————–

    Hey the Fords did something right that year…. My dad had a ’63 Galaxie…. I loved that car. LOL

  13. selldannysell says: Oct 3, 2016 3:11 PM

    Dead man walking.

  14. bigotshamer says: Oct 3, 2016 3:11 PM

    Quinn should have made Caldwell walk back to Allen Park and fired him when got there.

  15. nathanp2013 says: Oct 3, 2016 3:11 PM

    “Jaguars have a top 15 QB top 15 RB top 15 WR”

    I will give you Robinson as a higher end WR… but I have a hard time with the argument that they have proven top end talent at RB, QB.

    Past that, Ramsey, Fowler, Jack, Jackson have suited up for them for 4 games… give them a minute.

  16. zwhateverz says: Oct 3, 2016 3:12 PM

    Again, Detroit – Thank you.

    -Baltimore

  17. ariani1985 says: Oct 3, 2016 3:13 PM

    you should be fired just for losing to a crappy franchise like the bears!

  18. scotthochsdramaticweightgain1 says: Oct 3, 2016 3:23 PM

    The Lions are the worst professional sports franchise since 1957 and no other team is even close in terms of futility.

  19. schmitty2 says: Oct 3, 2016 3:24 PM

    kevpft says:
    Oct 3, 2016 2:53 PM

    I’ve never been impressed with Caldwell as a coach, but it seems a little ridiculous how impatient team management is getting with some coaches. They lost an all-time-great receiver, they’ve had a difficult schedule to start the year… no reason to be hasty.

    Difficult schedule to start the year??? Colts, Titans, Packers, and Bears with a combined 5-10 record? I would hate to see what you consider an “easy”schedule.

  20. captainwhodat says: Oct 3, 2016 3:27 PM

    just another excuse for Matthew Staffod to get a free pass…once again…

  21. polegojim says: Oct 3, 2016 3:27 PM

    Caldwell states the problem EXACTLY.

    Turn around and around and around and around.

    Bad good bad good bad good bad.

    One big circle that ends up going NOWHERE. So now they’re on their way to another dismal 1-7 start, then if they go 6-2 again… this is good???

    I REALLY would have though Quinn would not put up with continued moral victories. Toothless Lions going backwards again under them.

  22. polegojim says: Oct 3, 2016 3:30 PM

    @kevpft… I’d hate to see what you think is easy… if you think 5-10 is a tough group.

  23. 23rdusernameused says: Oct 3, 2016 3:40 PM

    eagles up next too, @ Philly, yikers!

  24. thermanmerman99 says: Oct 3, 2016 3:40 PM

    Caldwell looks like the clueless buffoon in the Geico commercial staring at burrito in the microwave while final countdown is playing. In fact that may be the only job he is qualified for. He is the definition of affirmative action.

  25. 3camps1776 says: Oct 3, 2016 4:10 PM

    One playoff win since 1957. I was born in 1954 and have been a long suffering Lion’s fan since I was old enough to throw a football. Certainly the football gods will take pity on us at some point! Caldwell, Stafford, the useless offensive and defensive lines, mindless penalties, inept draft decision-making and an owner who should be playing bingo in an assisted care facility. Anything left unsaid?

  26. patsfan1960 says: Oct 3, 2016 4:11 PM

    The man doesn’t have a clue..a deer in the headlights

  27. teal379 says: Oct 3, 2016 4:18 PM

    He couldn’t win a SV with Peyton Manning and a good Colts team. His use of TO’s at the end of that game directly contributed to that loss.

    Do you really think he’s going to get there with Stafford and the Lions? Honestly?

    He’s a poor coach.

  28. punkyqb says: Oct 3, 2016 4:31 PM

    All the Detroit fans just have to hang in there. Even Cleveland won something this year, even though it was basketball.

  29. mrwalterisgod says: Oct 3, 2016 4:31 PM

    Boy, it’s sure a good thing Detroit hired him because Tony Dungy said so, as opposed to hiring someone, because, you know, they are the best candidate for the job.

  30. JSpicoli says: Oct 3, 2016 4:39 PM

    This dude has been protected for too long. Too bad he doesn’t like to talk about things that make him uncomfortable. BooHoo.

    Serious Peter Principle at work here. He is in over his head.

  31. a1b24312 says: Oct 3, 2016 4:41 PM

    I like Caldwell but maybe it’s just in the cards for him.

    My solution? Put Millen as HC. Because he started that whole mess…. lol

  32. sportsfan18 says: Oct 3, 2016 5:16 PM

    Let’s look how he came to be a head coach…

    Caldwell worked for Dungy in Tampa Bay in 2001. He was the QB coach.

    Caldwell followed Dungy to Indy in 2002.

    Peyton Manning was going into his 5th year in the NFL during Dungy’s first season as head coach of the Colts. They had been in the playoffs in 2 of the 3 previous seasons before Dungy arrived to coach them.

    The Colts did well while Dungy was their coach. He was a good coach but he also had one of the all time greats as his QB and he was a seasoned pro by the time he began coaching the Colts.

    Then Dungy retired and Caldwell took over.

    Caldwell wasn’t coming into a dumpster fire. He didn’t have to turn around a franchise. He still had an all time great at QB.

    Caldwell being the head coach of the Colts, in those circumstances was completely different than when he took over the sad sack Lions.

    Caldwell had no track record of doing what the Lions needed him to actually do. It wasn’t as if the Lions had been winning 12 or more games for years and had an all time great QB when he became their head coach.

    Caldwell is a good man. He shouldn’t have been hired to be the head coach of the Lions.

  33. bullcharger says: Oct 3, 2016 5:20 PM

    I think Caldwell seems like a great person, but it’s a pay for performance league and he isn’t performing despite being given a more than fair shot.

    He’s right though that it’s out of his control. Why talk about it. He should just keep doing his best until they decide it’s his last day or he turns it around.

  34. bullcharger says: Oct 3, 2016 5:22 PM

    Detroit has had all the pieces to have a great team at times and just couldn’t ever put it together. It’s a shame.

  35. ampats says: Oct 3, 2016 5:25 PM

    Lions next HC is currently a coordinator in Foxboro.

  36. jag1959 says: Oct 3, 2016 6:29 PM

    There is no point in him discussing it, Quinn and Rod Wood are taking care of that.

  37. djvh2 says: Oct 3, 2016 6:39 PM

    It could be worse. There’s another team in the division that has never won a title.

  38. vikingdoode says: Oct 3, 2016 6:56 PM

    I would rather have the Lions relevant than the Packlers…Stafford is not a clutch qb he’s a game manager!

    Viking Fan

  39. leatherface2012 says: Oct 3, 2016 6:59 PM

    djvh2 says:
    Oct 3, 2016 6:39 PM
    It could be worse. There’s another team in the division that has never won a title.

    at least the vikings have been to 4 super bowls, and a ton of playoff games, and won the division a fair amount of times. detroit cant sniff the vikings jocks

  40. nhpats says: Oct 3, 2016 8:19 PM

    What about Ryan Grigson? How is that tool still employed?

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