Jim Caldwell’s job security is anyone’s guess

AP

Lions coach Jim Caldwell can’t feel very secure in his job heading into Sunday’s game in London, but whether he’s actually on the hot seat is something only Lions owner Martha Ford knows.

Ford, who took over the Lions last year after the death of her husband, the longtime Lions owner William Clay Ford, will ultimately decide whether Caldwell stays or goes. And Ford has said and done nothing to give anyone on the outside any indications of her thoughts. Perhaps Ford will prove to be as patient as her husband, who stuck with former Lions President Matt Millen and former Lions coach Wayne Fontes far longer than most people thought he should have. Or perhaps Ford will show that she doesn’t tolerate losing and fire Caldwell on the flight home if the Lions drop to 1-7 in London.

Before this season, Ford made one of her rare comments to the media and told reporters that she thinks Caldwell is a “wonderful coach.” But that was when Caldwell was coming off a playoff appearance in his first season in Detroit. She may have a different opinion after watching Caldwell’s team lose week after week.

Caldwell said on Monday that he would make no changes to his coaching staff, then announced a few hours later that he had fired three of his assistants. That strongly suggests that someone high up in the Lions organization informed Caldwell that if he didn’t make changes, his own job would be in jeopardy.

On Sunday we’ll see if the changes Caldwell made can reinvigorate his offense. If not, Ford may decide that the coaching staff needs a change at the top.

62 responses to “Jim Caldwell’s job security is anyone’s guess

  1. newmarketmaulers says:
    Oct 31, 2015 6:58 AM

    Not sure he was a good fit for the job in the first place.
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    He was the opposite of hot head Jim Schwartz.

    Too bad for Caldwell – he had the team ready to play last year in the playoffs against Dallas, they looked great and he got screwed by one of the worst homer calls (non calls) in playoff history.

  2. Tough for me to admit as a Browns fan, but pettine in a better coach than Caldwell. He’s terrible.

  3. I think it is safe to say there is a strong risk of getting fired for every coach that loses in London

  4. Jim Caldwell’s collegiate head coaching record is 26-63. I never understood how he got an opportunity in Indy and the fact he got a second chance as an NFL head coach with the Lions simply baffles me. The guy is OK as a position coach or even a coordinator but he’s certainly not head coaching material.

  5. You have owners (or owner) with multiple Super Bowl wins who played football on national championship footbal teams like Jerry Jones, and then you have….. Martha Ford.

  6. The Lions took a page from the Colts playbook.

    If I’m the Lions, keep this guy, continue to tank, (although, if you listen to the Ginger Hammer, the integrity of the game is the most important thing) and secure the first pick in the draft.

    #15yearsofexcellenceandcounting

  7. Caldwell is a horrible head coach.

    He took over Dungys team, had a good year, then sucked.

    He takes over the lions, has a good year, then sucks.

    He feeds off the previous head coach for a year, then loses the team in his second year.

  8. Unless you have someone already on the staff that you want to give a tryout to as coach for the rest of this season, what would be the point of firing him now? Win or lose this week, their season is toast and you wouldn’t be able to go after any “big name” coaching candidates until the season is over.

  9. Amen ochostinko! You go into the Super Bowl as the favorite with the best QB (debatable) ever and get your ass kicked. If you can’t win that one then what good are you?

  10. mnsadsportsfan says:
    Oct 31, 2015 8:06 AM
    That woman looks like ET.
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    It’s what many older people look like – but with your level of manners I doubt you’ll live long enough to experience it yourself.

  11. He was the opposite of hot head Jim Schwartz.

    Too bad for Caldwell – he had the team ready to play last year in the playoffs against Dallas, they looked great and he got screwed by one of the worst homer calls (non calls) in playoff history.

    ………..
    And then Dallas received that same pathetic officiating their next game. It has been very terrible for refs. The integrity there has gone down 90-95 %

  12. ochostinko says:
    Oct 31, 2015 8:26 AM

    Jim Caldwell’s collegiate head coaching record is 26-63. I never understood how he got an opportunity in Indy and the fact he got a second chance as an NFL head coach with the Lions simply baffles me. The guy is OK as a position coach or even a coordinator but he’s certainly not head coaching material.
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    Caldwell got both his HC jobs because of Tony Dungy. In Indy, they wanted to maintain the Dungy Mojo, and Dungy recommended Caldwell. In Detroit, Bill Ford Jr. called Dungy to try to hire him, and Dungy spent 5 hours on the phone with him, selling Ford on Caldwell instead.

  13. This season went down the toilet when theLions began the season 0 & 3. The Ford’s record, since William Clay Ford assumed the reigns of ownership on November 22, 1963, speaks for itself. Keep Caldwell until the end of the season. Sell the team to a person or corporation who is competent (something which has been lacking for going on 52 years). That is the only way the Lions can end this era of mediocrity.

  14. I doubt he gets fired. Mrs Ford will follow her husband on long term loyalty and keep the coach and GM.

    the Ford’s dislike firing people for incompetence. He gets at least one more season.

  15. You have owners (or owner) with multiple Super Bowl wins who played football on national championship footbal teams like Jerry Jones, and then you have….. Martha Ford.

    Wow,an ancient history lesson…. ROFL

  16. If we were going for worst HC in the league my vote would go to Caldwell. I’ve never seen him take a chance. Most passive coach of all time.

    This is football man, you have to get into a little. Not all out like Rex or “Cambo”, but at least seem mildly interested in what should be your passion.

  17. carloswlassiter says:

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    He was the opposite of hot head Jim Schwartz.

    Too bad for Caldwell – he had the team ready to play last year in the playoffs against Dallas, they looked great and he got screwed by one of the worst homer calls (non calls) in playoff history.

    So that is the reason the Lions are 1-6 and the offense is a disaster? I don’t think so. The offense sucks. The team is just bad. Caldwell’s spark has definitely fizzled out, and this team has zero drive. Blow the whole thing up. Send Stafford packing. He’s had his time here. It’s obvious that we have seen the best of him in Honolulu Blue. I believe that he could more than likely be successful in a different city. This is Detroit. More careers are killed here than homicides each year. Sorry. This team is no-good.

  18. The Fords regardless of being good people or not are horrible owners, always have been lousy at running an NFL franchise. The fans who are stuck with the Fords are the only ones suffering. They need to broom the entire management group and let the NFL help them like they offered to do before the idiots hired Millen. If it wasn’t for the multiple layers of management between the owners and their auto product, their vehicles would be just as crappy as their NFL team. All you fans of other teams got it so good compared to us Lions fans, were stuck in Michigan with one franchise and its the laughing stock of the NFL! #FORDS/LIONSBLOW

  19. Even if they go 1-15 and get the first overall pick, they won’t improve next year. Most teams that are that bad just need a QB to build around. The lions QB is the least of their worries. They’re about 10 players away from improving.

  20. Well…. as a Lions fan I really don’t care if he is fired now or at the end of the season. I really don’t see a scenario where there are not major changes, probably GM all the way down to head coach.

    The Fords will stay on as owners. I know it’s popular to bash them in Detroit, and yes they tend to hang onto coaches and GM’s too long. But the point is they stay out of the GM’s way, unlike some ownership around the league. They just need to consult the NFL to find a quality GM (which the NFL has a committee for) and if they can get one he will be succesful because they are very hands off and will let him do his job. That being said I have no faith however that they will hire the right GM. So ultimately I expect it to be business as usual in Detroit.

  21. Seems to me that Jim Caldwell is about as motivational as mashed turnips. I also get the feeling in watching him and seeing what happens with his teams is that losing becomes excepted and there are no consequences for it. Therefore…it continues.

  22. I believe you fans are too critical.Just watch the enthusiasm coach Caldwell displays every time we have a three and out offensive series. There is not a better clapper in the NFL.

  23. I believe you fans are too critical. Watch the enthusiasm coach Caldwell displays when we have a three and out offensive series. Granted we must lead the league in that category,but a better clapper you will not find in the NFL.

  24. “All you fans of other teams got it so good compared to us Lions fans, were stuck in Michigan with one franchise and its the laughing stock of the NFL! #FORDS/LIONSBLOW”

    Well, at least the Lions have one fan that is in touch with reality!

  25. where were all the haters last year when he brought us to the playoffs? Not saying he is a good coach but we aren’t even halfway through the season.

  26. kingpel says:
    Oct 31, 2015 2:58 PM

    It is just a matter of when. Maybe the Colts want to throw an additional year down the drain. You never know with that owner.
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    I mean, the Lions. It seems like we have had this conversation before.

  27. Austin’s defense has been performing at 0-16 levels this year. They are horrible against the pass and soft against the run. I’m not sure why he gets a free pass.

  28. One playoff year followed by one bad year (with some bad play but some awful luck mixed in) and you’re considering the head coach to be fired already?!?
    The NFL is getting absolutely ridiculous. It takes some time and CONTINUITY to build a real winner. Look at what 98.9% of the usual suspects have in common…continuity. Thankfully the Fords aren’t the type of knee jerk ownership that does something every time the media brings it up. Because we all know that if someone in the media says it, that it must be true, right, or 100% warranted. #SARCASM
    Caldwell is a very good coach. Yes, he inherited a talented team, but you can’t expect the guy to win the Super Bowl immediately. There has to be an element of realism to these situations. Go Lions!

  29. Time for some perspective. As a lifelong (66 years) resident of the Detroit Metro area, I have seen the ineptitude of the Lions organization up close. I grew up in the Lions glory years – the 1950s – but don’t remember much. The 60’s were mediocre but good by Lions standards. Those 2 decades produced 6 and 5 winning seasons respectively. Other than those 2 decades the Detroit Lions have had 15 winning seasons – period. This year will be the Patriots’ 15th straight winning season.

    Caldwell was hired with a win-now expectation. He seemed to do a decent job last year, although now it seems it was more of a fluke. The offense is stagnant, the OL can’t block anyone and the defense can’t bail the offense out this year without Suh and Levy.

    I look at the Lions OL with mostly high draft choices, then look at the Patriots depth chart for OL – 2 4th round picks and 3 who were undrafted free agents. The difference in performance has to be coaching

    It is also apparent that Caldwell is awful at game management, making wrong decisions at the end of the games.

    How bad are and have the Lions been? I will answer by saying that I would have to look on the internet to be able to tell you when the Lions last had 2 winning seasons in a row.

    Time for patience is long gone, Martha Ford. Broom the entire management and coaching staff and start over. And look to the Patriots for candidates.

  30. I know a guy who played for Caldwell at Wake Forest.

    He told me before Caldwell was hired in the NFL that he was a very nice man but was as dumb as a box of rocks.

  31. P.S. From 1991-1999, the Lions made the playoffs 6 times in those 9 seasons, and were in the top 10 in the NFL in total wins. The only problem was that they never had a franchise QB, which you need to win the Super Bowl. Then, just when they were on the verge of taking the next step, Doomsday occurred when the most inept GM in the history of the NFL replaced the structure that had already been successful. Millen’s tenure was basically the equivalent of dropping a nuclear bomb on the franchise. That hiring was a result of the only horrible knee jerk decision that the Fords’ ownership has ever made…and look what happened. People forget how solid of a team the Lions had in the 1990s, which is all because of a terrible hiring decision to solve a problem that didn’t really need fixing.

  32. They need to take notes from the great Reggie McKenzine. Draft solid players with good character, a good coach that you believe in like Jack Del Rio, and give him everything he needs to succeed. The Raiders are the model franchise for a new generation of football.

  33. mnsadsportsfan says:
    Oct 31, 2015 8:06 AM

    That woman looks like ET.
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    Of course she’s 90 years old. I don’t think that your obesity and sedentary lifestyle will see you get that far.

  34. suicidalionsfan says:
    Oct 31, 2015 10:43 AM

    Turn the team over to Terry Austin. THAT is the coach that you do not want to get away.
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    Totally, totally, totally agree. Immediately after the London game, fire Caldwell regardless of outcome. Promote Austin on an interim basis and tell him that this represents his opportunity. If it works out give him a two year contract. If it doesn’t work out, the search begins anew. And can Mayhew’s ass at the end of the season.

  35. raiderlyfe510 says:
    Oct 31, 2015 6:26 PM

    They need to take notes from the great Reggie McKenzine. Draft solid players with good character, a good coach that you believe in like Jack Del Rio, and give him everything he needs to succeed. The Raiders are the model franchise for a new generation of football.
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    As soon as I read this I flashed back to those two idiots high fiving each other 20 yards downfield while the other team was rushing to the line for the next play.

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