Lions fire Jim Caldwell

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The Lions have kicked off a new year by starting a search for a new head coach.

The team announced on Monday morning that General Manager Bob Quinn informed Jim Caldwell that has been fired.

Caldwell went 36-28 in four years with the Lions and took the team to the playoffs twice, but a second straight 9-7 season wasn’t enough to get them back into the postseason this year. A lopsided loss to the Ravens in Week 13 and a sloppy loss to the Bengals in Week 16 may have sealed Caldwell’s fate after the team mulled making a change before the 2016 season.

The firing gives Quinn, who came to Detroit from New England, his first chance to hire a head coach since joining the Lions that year. Early reports have honed in on Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as a top candidate for the job and the Lions will be able to interview him this week with New England on a bye.

54 responses to “Lions fire Jim Caldwell

  1. Gee what a surprise that an African-American coach is fired like nothing, while coaches like Jay Gruden and John Harbaugh are lauded for doing nothing.

  2. Yeah, briang123, no white coaches have been fired this year. Oh, wait…

    Playing the race card, really?

  3. These moves rarely work out in the long term. He was alright, I mean they don’t have the best front office as they drive away all their players, and are iffy in the draft but in the end still had them winning. The four season with them the Lions had a winning season 3 out of the four times, the four years prior it was only 2. And in the last decade prior to that, only had two winning season.

    Just saying, issues go beyond the coach.

  4. briang123 says:
    January 1, 2018 at 8:01 am
    Gee what a surprise that an African-American coach is fired like nothing, while coaches like Jay Gruden and John Harbaugh are lauded for doing nothing.

    and what says you when john fox gets fired by the bears?

  5. briang

    There have been several white coaches fired already, so I doubt color has anything to do with Caldwell’s firing.

    But we all appreciate you bringing it up. (Sarcasm font on)

  6. Gee what a surprise that an African-American coach is fired like nothing, while coaches like Jay Gruden and John Harbaugh are lauded for doing nothing.

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    People like you taint this world. Why play race card? It is always the reason when it doesn’t go you way. Grow up!

  7. briang123 says:
    January 1, 2018 at 8:01 am
    Gee what a surprise that an African-American coach is fired like nothing, while coaches like Jay Gruden and John Harbaugh are lauded for doing nothing.

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    Begore we start throwing those cards, how well did he have the team performing this year? Can you make an argument for keeping him that is based on his own results?

  8. The reality is the owners don’t care about any color except green. They’d hire a Martian if they could go 10-6.

  9. By all accounts Caldwell is a very nice man and the players all like him. If the end goal is mediocrity, Caldwell could have stayed. He is a decent football coach. However he would never lead the team to a championship so a change was in order. Too often his team came out unprepared (ex. the Cincinnati game) and his game management skills have cost the chance to win several games. Good luck to him.

  10. briang123 says:
    January 1, 2018 at 8:01 am
    Gee what a surprise that an African-American coach is fired like nothing, while coaches like Jay Gruden and John Harbaugh are lauded for doing nothing.

    He wasn’t fired because he is African American, he was fired because he is a crummy coach…..period. It’s people like you that make everything about race.

  11. You can talk about players not performing or a GM not getting better players but Caldwell was horrible. Just bad.

  12. While Im sure he is great person he was never a great coach. Im sure tony dung will fly all over the country trying to get him hired so he can fail agian!!!

  13. briang123 says:
    January 1, 2018 at 8:01 am

    Gee what a surprise that an African-American coach is fired like nothing, while coaches like Jay Gruden and John Harbaugh are lauded for doing nothing.
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    Gee what a surprise, new year and the same tired race baiting.
    That’s the problem when the race card is the only one you have in your deck.

  14. Not a surprise. While it might seem weird for Lions fans to be firing a coach that just swept the Pack and had back-to-back winning seasons, at least it shows that the standards are indeed higher than in the past. Millen was the bottom of the well, and Schwartz at least made them a semi-competent football team. Caldwell took them a bit higher, but still not anywhere near what most other teams expect. Hopefully Bobby Q is able to take another step forward. He’s had two decent drafts, and Marth Vader isn’t the rollover that old man Bill Ford was thankfully.

  15. Hey briang123

    Jay and John both have superbowl rings. Caldwell had 4 years with the lions. He had enough time to show what he can do and what he can do isn’t good enough.

  16. briang123…..way to make it a racist issue out of nothing. Race didn’t have anything to do with the team not being prepared week in and week out, had nothing to do with having 9 players on the field, nothing to do with constant bad game management. Stop being a clown

  17. He cleaned up the nonsense that was going on off the field and all the boneheaded penalties that were happening on it (does anyone remember that?).

    He also raised the standard, where now, just having a “winning” record isn’t enough. He should be lauded for that.

    The next guy will have to exceed that standard or all hell is gonna break loose. I’m okay with that. It’s how it should be.

    Thank you Jim Caldwell.

  18. Well Caldwell had the highest winning percentage among Lions coaches in the modern era, but 4-24 or whatever it was against winning teams is not going to get you to the next level. Playoff banners came down last offseason, this offseason the coach with the highest winning percentage (granted the competition wasn’t stiff) was fired. Bob Quinn making it clear the expectations are high. Hopefully his new coach can back that up. Wonder if they hire Patricia if he would keep Jim Bob Cooter as OC or if he has his own OC in mind. Either way somebody’s gotta fix that running game.

  19. briang123 says:
    January 1, 2018 at 8:01 am
    Gee what a surprise that an African-American coach is fired like nothing, while coaches like Jay Gruden and John Harbaugh are lauded for doing nothing.
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    Not a Harbugh fan, but he won a Super Bowl with Unibrow as his QB. Won the most road playoff games the last ten years. Caldwell has the highest paid QB in the league and could not win a playoff game, or consistently win against +.500 teams.

  20. Gee what a surprise that an African-American coach is fired like nothing, while coaches like Jay Gruden and John Harbaugh are lauded for doing nothing.
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    How do you explain that Hue Jackson is still employed?

  21. I approve of the Caldwell firing, but I absolutely loathe Patriots coaches. Charlie Weis, Romeo Crennel, Bill O’Brien, Josh McDaniels, Eric Mangini…most of these guys have flopped HARD elsewhere, and none have done much of anything. Why keep going to that well? Didn’t the Patriots defense struggle a bit this year anyway?

  22. I was okay with giving Caldwell another year, just because it finally seemed like the head coach, offensive coordinator, and defensive coordinator were all on the same page in Detroit. He let Cooter mash the gas pedal, and Austin pumped the brakes on defense. Caldwell was just steering.

    But, the man was a lame duck in Indianapolis, he made the Baltimore offense worse, and he was accepting of mediocrity in Detroit.

    Lions fans shouldn’t have to wonder “What if” regarding the Falcons game. Each year, you could squarely pin at least two losses on Caldwell’s reluctance to ‘make waves’, he seemed gun shy with the timeouts and challenges.

    Meanwhile, I do not like the idea of hiring Patricia…

  23. Stafford may be overrated but he is good enough to be leading a team that should be doing better than they have been under Caldwell.

    Hire and fire isn’t always just about the decisions on the field but what happens at work M-Sat. How does the coach run and handle that plays its part as well. Can’t see Caldwell being stellar there either.

  24. jerruhjones says:
    January 1, 2018 at 10:00 am
    Gee what a surprise that an African-American coach is fired like nothing, while coaches like Jay Gruden and John Harbaugh are lauded for doing nothing.
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    How do you explain that Hue Jackson is still employed?

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    On this mornings news I watched reports on four coaches that were fired. Three white and one African American. So a guy thats going to call that three football decisions and racism is not helping solve any of the problems we need to if we really want to promote equality.

  25. briang123 says:
    January 1, 2018 at 8:01 am
    Gee what a surprise that an African-American coach is fired like nothing, while coaches like Jay Gruden and John Harbaugh are lauded for doing nothing.
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    Caldwelll had no sideline energy and such that ho -hum demeanor, which is exactly how his team played. His skin color had nothing to do with it. If he’d won, he’d still be employed.

  26. jerruhjones says:
    January 1, 2018 at 10:00 am

    briang123 says:
    January 1, 2018 at 8:01 am
    Gee what a surprise that an African-American coach is fired like nothing, while coaches like Jay Gruden and John Harbaugh are lauded for doing nothing.
    =====================================================================================

    How do you explain that Hue Jackson is still employed?
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    Apparently, you are automatically racist if you fire an African American coach.
    I guess Hue Jackson and others are now entitled to be the coach because they are African American.
    I admit I have no idea why.

  27. It’s messed up that Jim’s fate can be attributed to Atlanta game since if they won that they were in the playoffs.

    Also Jim seems to be given a shorter leash then many other coaches. In Indy he got fired cause the team and GM didn’t have anything that resembled a backup plan after Manning went down and then Pagano was given year after year to show he was a terrible coach and somehow made it longer then a guy who went to the Super Bowl.

    In Detroit the perpetually terrible franchise actually has expectations to make the playoffs now and haven’t gone to double digit losses under him.

    Dude’s gotta be wondering if he can find a job where he gets something that resembles the Jeff Fisher treatment where he’s actually safe is his missed the playoffs in one year.

  28. Jim Caldwell is a great human being, but a slightly above average NFL head coach. I wish him well… but it was time to move on. G.M. Quinn needs to hire his own man… and now Quinn is officially on the clock!

  29. Four years as a HC in the NFL is not a “short” leash, especially when your GM was hired two years after you and still kept you around for two more years

  30. firejerry says:
    January 1, 2018 at 10:36 am
    Da Bears are disappointed that Jim is fired……
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    Why? He went 7-1 against the Bears.

  31. Caldwell is like a million other coaches in that league, he’s slightly above average. His staff did Stafford wonders, and their defense was elite until they lost Suh. Overall, he is a bit conservative for my taste long term unless he had a far superior roster like coaches back in the days would have. An up and coming team that needs to get respectable before they put Super Bowl caliber pieces in place could do much worse.

  32. PFT loves the Steelers says:
    January 1, 2018 at 10:14 am
    I approve of the Caldwell firing, but I absolutely loathe Patriots coaches. Charlie Weis, Romeo Crennel, Bill O’Brien, Josh McDaniels, Eric Mangini…most of these guys have flopped HARD elsewhere, and none have done much of anything. Why keep going to that well? Didn’t the Patriots defense struggle a bit this year anyway?

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    The Pats defense was pretty bad in the beginning of the season. But they were the #1 defense in points allowed theough the final 12 games of the season. They will be fine for the postseason

  33. When the Lions won yesterday, I was happy for the single reason that I thought it would give Caldwell another year and as long he is the coach, the LIons are going anywhere. Sorry to see him go, he was an ineffective head coach and the NFL is littered with them.

  34. Maybe Chicago? He’ll be a head coach not year.

    If not…
    I wish Adam Gase would quickly call him offering oc/asst. head coach, but that could be a major threat to him (Gase).

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