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Jim Caldwell’s not worried about his contract status

AP

Most coaches never get to a lame duck season, either ending up fired or extended before getting to the final year of a contract.

But Lions coach Jim Caldwell is handling it the way he seemingly handles everything — evenly.

“We’re not going to discuss anything dealing with the contracts,” Caldwell said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “I mean, that doesn’t matter. It really doesn’t.”

To many, it would.

Caldwell’s entering he final year of the four-year deal he signed in 2014, and he’s gone to the playoffs two of his three seasons. But he’s also been joined by a new General Manager who didn’t hire him, and the 27-21 record is balanced by the lack of a playoff win.

G.M. Bob Quinn would only say he had “nothing to announce,” and Caldwell remained unfazed about the lack of security that most coaches see as a necessity, especially considered the relatively successful run he’s enjoyed.

“It’s like I said before, I’m not concerned with anything other than how we get our team better, plain and simple,” Caldwell said. “Contract talks and all these kind of things get only about two or three people excited, the two or three [reporters] sitting at this table. But other than that, it doesn’t matter to people. We’re focusing on our team and how we can get it better. . . .

“I’m not going to confirm or deny anything in that regard, but I can just tell you this, that, when I was in college, it was every year, because that’s all you had was a one-year contract, so it’s normal for me, in that regard. But I’m not saying either way. But you asked me have I worked on a one-year deal before, numerous times.”

Caldwell’s unflappable manner isn’t for everyone, but he’s also created something approaching stability there. Which in Detroit, can’t be taken for granted.

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  1. matt2calvin says: Mar 30, 2017 8:03 AM

    Here in the D, Caldwell is known for being very well liked by the Ford family, his coaches, and his players.

    He hires great people and is a true leader. He has his team ready to play every week.

    Once the game starts, however, his decision making can not be considered above average. Great guy, but only a good coach.

  2. mazenblue says: Mar 30, 2017 8:32 AM

    Ive never seen such a dumbfounded HC in my life. This guys lack of passion and his okey dokey personality costs us games. Point blank, he cost us games that Jeff Fisher couldnt even possibly screw up. Matt Stafford is gonna go beast mode the next five years and we need to capitalize or thats it. We just arent gonna win anything ever. Like the Cubs. We’ve had Barry. Stafford, Johnson, Suh. And nothing, nothing, nothing. They dont even have a display case at Lions headquarters to show team achievements.

  3. snake11s says: Mar 30, 2017 8:43 AM

    As with the Colts, this guy has always struck me as happy to get a ticket to the game.

  4. firejerry says: Mar 30, 2017 8:56 AM

    Jim Cauldwell, from a fan prospective is a major jerk. He talks down to the press and the fans.

  5. manderson4150 says: Mar 30, 2017 9:19 AM

    Mrs. Ford loves him so he will stay……so Bob Quinn has his marching orders.

  6. polegojim says: Mar 30, 2017 9:28 AM

    This is the make or break year for Jim.

    Quinn and the Lions have improved the team again. Caldwell and staff need to do more with it than another late season push and talk of potential.

    IMO… this has been a talented team squandered on excuse after excuse. Enough time has been wasted. The achilles heal of Martha/ownership is again revealing itself. The Millen-effect. Too little for too long, and always looking to next season. Go get the job done.

  7. thirdand43 says: Mar 30, 2017 9:43 AM

    Too be worried about his job or contract status, he would have to have a pulse. Sometimes I’m not sure that he does. Weekend at Bernie’s comes to mind.

  8. vikingf0rlife says: Mar 30, 2017 9:59 AM

    He’s not worried about winning a playoff game neither! The Lions are the worst team in the NFC. One playoff win in 60 years is evidence of that!

  9. jonsilver1947 says: Mar 30, 2017 10:02 AM

    The Lions would have at least one playoff win under him if it wasn’t for the Pete Morelli playoff-assembled crew in Dallas a couple of years ago…

  10. gosuhgo says: Mar 30, 2017 10:03 AM

    The Lions need like…an in-game coach or something. Everyone seems to love Caldwell, which is great for bringing in talent etc, but you can’t say he always seems on the ball once the clock starts ticking. Maybe JBC would be better managing stuff in-game?

  11. agent7x6 says: Mar 30, 2017 10:16 AM

    I’m not going to criticize Caldwell for not whining to reporters about his contract status, but I agree that he needs to win a playoff game or two and return the Lions to their playoff success…wait…never mind.

  12. dawoger says: Mar 30, 2017 11:22 AM

    If Caldwell goes 2-0 every year against the viqueefs he should keep his job.

  13. nathanp2013 says: Mar 30, 2017 11:37 AM

    The expressionless look on Caldwell’s face indicates he’s not concerned about much of anything… I think I have seen a fly land on his eyeball without him blinking.

  14. nathanp2013 says: Mar 30, 2017 11:43 AM

    dawoger
    ————–
    Couple of things; The Vikings were 2-0 against them in 2015 with a healthy team.

    Secondly, 1 Playoff win in 50 years… 50 years!

    Lastly, Stafford is Jay Cutler 2.0… he is leading the league in being average.

  15. ee00ee says: Mar 30, 2017 11:47 AM

    So many people seem to not understand what it’s like to not wear ones heart on ones sleeve. Caldwell comports himself with class and dignity. So it differs from the hot-headed emotional view they have of coaches. I remember Landry et al, men of controlled passion and conviction. Caldwell is a chip off that block.

  16. spartylegendhyzersmadcuzlionssobad says: Mar 30, 2017 12:34 PM

    nathanp2013 says:
    Mar 30, 2017 11:43 AM

    dawoger
    ————–
    Couple of things; The Vikings were 2-0 against them in 2015 with a healthy team.

    Secondly, 1 Playoff win in 50 years… 50 years!

    Lastly, Stafford is Jay Cutler 2.0… he is leading the league in being average.

    ________________________________

    Cutler is better than Stafford, he has a playoff win.

  17. jonathankrobinson424 says: Mar 30, 2017 3:33 PM

    The Lions can do better. I think Kooter is just sitting in the wings waiting for the ax to fall.

  18. bringbackwayne says: Mar 30, 2017 5:04 PM

    spartylegendhyzersmadcuzlionssobad says:
    Mar 30, 2017 12:34 PM
    nathanp2013 says:
    Mar 30, 2017 11:43 AM

    dawoger
    ————–
    Couple of things; The Vikings were 2-0 against them in 2015 with a healthy team.

    Secondly, 1 Playoff win in 50 years… 50 years!

    Lastly, Stafford is Jay Cutler 2.0… he is leading the league in being average.

    ________________________________

    Cutler is better than Stafford, he has a playoff win.
    *******************************************************

    Knowledgeable NFL fans would take Stafford over Cutler in a heartbeat. Cutler isn’t even on a team right now and has been replaced by a veteran that has done nothing.

    Stafford is not elite, but he is a top 10 QB in the NFL right now.

  19. 1969nflchampionskansascitychiefs says: Mar 30, 2017 6:58 PM

    Jay Cutler has a bigger and better arm than Stafford and he has a playoff win. Stafford is a better leader, but I would take a healthy Cutler or Stafford any day of the week. Stafford chokes too much and during the playoffs which is the worst.

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